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The Handbook of Informal Language Learning





The Handbook of Informal Language Learning

Mark Dressman (Editor), Randall William Sadler (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-47244-5 November 2019 Wiley-Blackwell 550 Pages



Provides a comprehensive and unique examination of global language learning outside of the formal school setting

Authored by a prominent team of international experts in their respective fields, The Handbook of Informal Language Learning is a one-of-a-kind reference work and it is a timely and valuable resource for anyone looking to explore informal language learning outside of a formal education environment. It features a comprehensive collection of cutting edge research areas exploring the cultural and historical cases of informal language learning, along with the growing area of digital language learning, and the future of this relevant field in national development and language education.

The Handbook of Informal Language Learning examines informal language learning from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Structured across six sections, chapters cover areas of motivation, linguistics, cognition, and multimodality; digital learning, including virtual contexts, gaming, fanfiction, vlogging, mobile devices, and nonformal programs; and media and live contact, including learning through environmental print, tourism/study abroad. The book also provides studies of informal learning in four national contexts, examines the integration of informal and formal classroom learning, and discusses the future of language learning from different perspectives.

  • Edited by respected researchers of computer-mediated communication and second language learning and teacher education
  • Features contributions by leading international scholars reaching out to a global audience
  • Presents an exciting and progressive selection of chapters in a rapidly expanding field of research and teaching
  • Provides a state-of-the-art collection of the theories, as well as the historical, cultural and international cases relating to informal language learning and its future in a digital age
  • Covers 30 key topics that represent pioneering findings and new research

The Handbook of Informal Language Learning is an essential resource for researchers, students, and professionals in the fields of language acquisition, English as a second language, and foreign language education. 

Notes on Contributors

Mark Dressman and Randall Sadler

Part 1: Theorizing Informal Language Learning

1. Motivation and Informal Language Learning
Alice Chick

2. Learning Languages in Informal Environments: Some Cognitive Considerations
Kiel Christianson and Sarah-Elizabeth Deshaies. 

3. Multimodality and Language Learning
Mark Dressman

4. Linguistics: How Learning Context Shapes Heritage and Second-Language Acquisition
Silvina Montryl 

5. Literacy: Informal Writing and Language Learning
Paul Matsuda and Melika Nouri

Part 2: Learning in Digital Contexts

6. Virtual Landscapes 
Randler Sadler

7. Gaming and Informal Language Learning
Stephanie W.P. Knight, Lindsay Marean and Julie M.Sykes

8. Self-Paced Language Learning Using Online Platforms
Panagiotis Aravanitis

9. FanFiction and Informal Language Learning
Shannon Sauro

10. Vlogs, Video Publishing, and Informal Language Learning 
Tatiana Codreanu

11. Mobile collaboration for language learning and cultural learning
Agnes Kukulska and Helen Lee

Part 3: Learning through Media and Live Contact

12. Video and Informal Language Learning
Robert Vanderplank

13. Songs and Music
Karen M Ludke 

14. Mobility, Media, and Multiplicity: Immigrants' Informal Language Learning Media
Kristen H. Perry, Annie M. Moses and John Carrol

15. Service Sector Work and Informal Language Learning
Hania Janta and Stefan Keller

16. Linguistic Landscapes and Additional Language Development 
Jana Roos and Howard Nicholas

17. Language Tourism and Second Language Acquisition in Informal Learning Contexts
Montserrat Iglesisas

Part 4: International Case Studies of Informal Language Learners 

18. Hong Kong and Informal Language Learning
Chun Lai and Bo Ning Lyu

19. An Emerging Path to English in Korea: Informal Digital Learning 
Ju Seong Lee

20. Informal Language Learning among Moroccan Youth
Mark Dressman

21. Sweden and Informal Language Learning
Pia Sundqvist

22. Informal English Learning in France
Meryl Kusyk

Part 5: Informal Learning and Formal Contexts

23. Translanguaging across Contexts
Sarah Mccarthey, Idalia Nunez and Chaehyun Lee

24. A Critical Review of Social Networks for Language Learning beyond the Classroom 
Katerina Zourou

25. Digital Writing in Informal Settings among Multilanguage Learners
Binbin Zheng and Chin-Hsi Lin

26. Extensive Reading for Statistical Learning
Doreen E. Ewert

27. Leveraging Technology to Integrate Informal Language Learning Within Classroom Settings
Philip Hubbard

28. Connecting Informal and Informal Language Learning
Dennis Murphy Odo

Part 6: The Present and Future of Informal Language Learning 

29. Digital Translation: Its Potential and Limitations for Informal Language Learning
Helen Slatyer and Sarah Forget

30. Future Directions in Informal Language Learning 
Robert Godwin-Jones 

31. Last Words: Naming, Framing, and Challenging the Field
Geoffrey Sockett