A critical look at technologies and ideologies in internet-mediated intercultural foreign language education

Train, Robert
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Heinle Cengage Learning
This chapter provides a critical perspective on the Internet-mediated intercultural projects presented in this volume. Internet-mediated intercultural foreign language education (a.k.a. telecollaboration) is presented as a site of critical intercultural discourse shaped and mediated by the technologies, ideologies, and practices that inform the complex ecology of foreign language education in general.The focus on the global term “education” is intended to conceptualize the ecological character of the endeavor, such that foreign language learning and second language acquisition are not viewed as separate from the teaching of foreign languages (i.e., instruction, pedagogy, curriculum) or from issues of sociocultural identity, educational policy, and teacher education. A critical reflexivity is outlined with special attention to the educational project of critical awareness of language, culture, community, and identity through intercultural interaction with peers. Some key ideologies of foreign language education are examined in socio-historical context with respect to the technologies and ideologies of standardization that have constructed the Native Standard Language as the dominant model for language, with its hegemonic implications for notions of culture, identity, and community in local, national, and global contexts. Ideologies of learner identity grounded in the concept of (Non)Native Speaker are critically discussed as contested sites of standardized and standardizing competence and language use (e.g.,“communication,”“negotiation,”“interaction,” and “error”).The possibilitie for new intercultural conceptions of learner and teacher identity, expertise, and agency emerging in the telecollaborative practices described in this volume are considered.
Train, R. (2005). A critical look at technologies and ideologies in internet-mediated intercultural foreign language education. The American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators and Directors of Foreign Languages Programs (AAUSC), 247-284. http://hdl.handle.net/102015/69626
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