Computer-Mediated Communication and Meaning-Making in the Language Classroom: Disruptions in Learning and Teaching

  • Regine HampelEmail author


This chapter focuses on the changes that the new technologies have brought about and the opportunities that these technologies offer language learners. It sets out two key premises—that face-to-face conversation is the original form of discourse, and that it is a complex dynamic system which is characterized by certain attractors, i.e. modes and behaviours that the system prefers. These are set classroom interaction patterns, particular ways of communicating in terms of space, time and mode, and the positioning of the language learner in relation to the world. Research studies provide a broad overview of the developments in relation to these attractors, illustrating how electronic communication technologies have been disrupting language learning and teaching. The chapter concludes by highlighting the resulting phase shift.


Attractors Classroom interaction Ways of communicating Positioning of the online language learner Learning in the wild Phase shift 


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

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