What takes place both inside and outside the classroom is crucial for language learning. Yet, language teaching and learning research and practice has been predominately concerned with what occurs inside the classroom, despite acknowledged limitations to what can be achieved in terms of enhancing language proficiency. However, technology, the internet, and social media now provide opportunities for authentic out-of-class language use that were previously unimaginable. This session will consider the ever expanding range of resources and opportunities available for language learning beyond the classroom, such as internet chat rooms, self-access centres, digital games, social media, and study abroad programs. The implications of such affordances for language learning, both inside and outside the classroom, will be considered and how parents and language teachers can help learners develop autonomous language learning skills will be discussed.
|Published - 2016