Language Learning & Technology
Vol. 2, No. 2, January 1999
Call for Papers for Special Issue of LLT
Theme: Literacies and Technologies
This special issue of Language Learning & Technologywill focus on the ongoing shifts in relationships between technologiesof written communication, literacy practices, literacy roles,and literacy communities. What does it mean to be "literate"in an age of electronically mediated communication? How do notionsof "text," "reader," and "writer"change as new media, new communities, and new literacy practicestake hold? What kinds of meaning-making abilities do people needin order to participate successfully in various kinds of communitiesthat rely on forms of electronic communication? How do peopleacquire these meaning-making abilities? What is the role of educationalinstitutions in fostering the needed kinds of abilities?
Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Literacy and Technological Change
Reading or Writing in Electronic Environments
- Historical analysis of relationships between technologies of writing and literacy practices
- Social dynamics of change in literacy technologies
Politics of Electronic Literacy
- The emergence of new discourse practices or new genres in computer-mediated communication (CMC)
- Socialization into electronic literacy communities
- Communicative, cognitive, or social strategies in CMC environments
- Acquisition of multimedia interpretation and authoring abilities
Pedagogy of Electronic Literacies
- Issues of differential access to electronic literacy tools, instruction, or opportunities
Please send an e-mail of intent with a 250-word abstract byApril 30, 1999 to Richard Kern <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
- Goals of teaching electronic literacies within the curriculum
- Tasks and their framing
- Evaluation of learner performance
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