New media, new communicative genres and inclusive technology-mediated L2 pedagogy: A conversation with Steve Thorne


  • Victoria Antoniadou Dept. Did. Ll, Lit i CCSS, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Professor Steve Thorne is well-known for his work on second and foreign language development and Internet-mediated communicative activity. He is identified with the study of language use, communication dynamics and technology-mediated foreign, second, and plurilingual language learning, occurring within and outside of formal educational settings. His work draws on sociocultural and cultural-historical approaches to language development and he is particularly interested in multiplayer online gaming environments, the "cultures of use" of Internet communication tools, and intercultural communication. Professor Thorne is currently a faculty member in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University in the United States and the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. The following interview took place in April 2011 on the occasion of the EUROCALL CMC & Teacher Education SIGs Annual Workshop in Barcelona, in which Professor Thorne was the keynote speaker.




Author Biography

Victoria Antoniadou, Dept. Did. Ll, Lit i CCSS, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Victoria Antoniadou is a doctoral student at the Departament de la Didàctica de la Llengua de la Literatura i de les Ciències Socials at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Her research interests draw upon the socio-cultural-historical line of thought regarding learning and development through which she explores teacher learning trajectories over lengthy periods of time. The study incorporates the investigation of teacher learning in the making, process and outcomes, as it unfolds across a blended configuration of online and offline spheres of participation, social interaction and manifold resources.





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