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Linguist list review of Digital Genres, New Literacies and Autonomy in Language Learning (Luzon et al., 2010)

on Tue, 07/19/2011 - 12:14

The June 2011 edition of the LINGUIST List features Daria Dayter's review of the book 'Digital Genres, New Literacies and Autonomy in Language Learning', edited by María José Luzón, María Noelia Ruiz-Madrid and María Luisa Villanueva (2010). 

A number of contributions to the book, published in the Cambridge Scholars Publishers series,  was first presented at the Seminario Internacional CIBERTAAAL, a conference organised in 2008 by Grupo de Investigación GIAPEL (University Jaume I) Género y TIC. Nuevas Competencias y Aplicaciones al Aprendizaje Autónomo de Lenguas 

The summary  at Amazon introduces the book as follows: 
The exponential growth in the amount and complexity of information transmitted and shared on the Internet and the capabilities afforded by new information technologies result in the continuous emergence of new genres and new literacy practices that call for new models of genre analysis and new approaches to teaching literacy and language, where language learning autonomy has to take centre stage. Any pedagogical approach which seeks to develop autonomy in online language learning should also be concerned with the development of new literacies, with raising an awareness of digital texts and with the cognitive processes learners engage in when constructing meaning in hypertext. [...]
The chapters in this volume, written by researchers from different academic traditions, report research concerning digital genres, new literacy skills and the design of webtasks for effective language learning. These chapters will be useful resources for researchers and doctoral students interested in the development of autonomous language learning in digital environments.

Last week I received a complimentory copy of the book to which I contributed the chapter ''Tools and Strategies to Support the Implementation of Web-Based and Task-Based Approaches in Modern Language Education'' (pp. 129-151).

The contacts with the research group Giapel also led the invitation to be guest editor of the 2009 issue of the e-zine: 'Computer Resources for Language Learning'  (CORELL) on WebQuests in Language Education. To this I contributed an introductory article describing the results of the NL project 'LanguageQuest' that were also disseminated through the international workshop 'LQuest' (2004-2007), organised by the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) .