• Regine HampelEmail author


This chapter introduces the core question that is at the centre of this book—originally posed by Roger Säljö in 1999—that is, whether the new digital technologies are transforming language learning and teaching. A follow-up question asks what this would mean for learners, teachers and researchers. The chapter then sets out a particular understanding of language as a tool for communication and meaning-making and introduces the theoretical approach taken in the book, an approach that brings together complex systems theory with sociocultural theory and the theory of multimodality. It ends with an overview of Chapters  2 7.


Digital technologies Transformation Meaning-making Complex systems theory 


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  1. 1.Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language StudiesThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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