ERIC Number: EJ1202808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
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A Critical Look at the Bigger Picture: Macro-Level Discourses of Language and Technology in the United States
Hellmich, Emily A.
CALICO Journal, v36 n1 p39-58 2019
Despite its numerous benefits and potentialities for language learning and teaching, digital technology can also play a role in creating and maintaining inequality. While critical CALL often focuses on micro-level issues and contexts, macro-level perspectives, including discourses, are also essential to consider: From ecological and language-as-discourse perspectives, macro-level discourses have the potential to impact and shape CALL practices and contexts. Using critical discourse analysis methods, this article takes the 2017 American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) report, "America's Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century," as a window into macro-level discourses of language and technology in American society today. Findings reveal a series of interrelated frames and scales that, taken together, suggest a neoliberal discourse that positioned language, technology, and ultimately CALL as tools to enhance national competitiveness on a global marketplace. The article concludes with implications of these findings for the CALL field.
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Information Technology, Discourse Analysis, Reports, Competition, Neoliberalism, Cultural Awareness, Enrichment, National Security, Educational Technology, Commercialization, Economic Development, Heritage Education, Social Differences, Access to Education, Educational Practices, Teaching Methods, National Organizations
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