This chapter discusses the challenges to language learning and its methodological principles posed by the new technologies. It will be argued that the integration of new media into language learning is a necessary step ensuring the acquisition of the kind of language skills and competencies needed for living and working in the knowledge society. Innovative use of such technologies will lead to more flexibility in the content and organization of learning; new media must be looked at not simply in terms of traditional self-study materials but rather in terms of tools for learning. New information and communication technologies and their role in language learning processes are the topic of this chapter. Constructivism as the appropriate paradigm for language learning at the start of the millennium will also be discussed. In addition, this chapter proposes a typology and an evaluation of technology-enhanced materials for language learning, and presents a few examples.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernd Rüschoff
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  1. 1.University of EssenGermany

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