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Chapter One: Language Learning Defined by Time and Place: A Framework for Next Generation Designs

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Chapter Summary

This chapter conceptualizes the relation between the focus of language learning and the dimensions of time and place. It also aims to assess what effect this might have on language learning in terms of curriculum or the design of learning activities. By reviewing learner experiences in terms of time- and place-based opportunities and choices, language educators can build up a picture of emergent practices and formulate the implications for the design of language teaching and learning now and in the future. Several projects have developed the provision of personalized and contextualized access to language learning resources. Mobile technologies can deliver time-, location-, and person-relevant learning materials, with little input from the learner, although these are not yet large-scale or widely accessible implementations. Time and place are thus important dimensions in context-aware mobile computing, in emerging learner practices, and in innovative mobile language learning designs.

Keywords: context-aware mobile computing; contextualized access; language learning; place; time



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