Digital Literacies in and beyond the L2 Classroom: A Hybrid Symposium on Research and Practice
Project Coordinators: Drs. Jonathon Reinhardt (U. Arizona) and Chantelle Warner (U. Arizona)
Description: As digital technologies continue to radically change the social acts of meaning making in which we engage, boundaries once taken for granted between semiotic consumption and production and among various modes and medialities have begun to break down, pushing applied linguists and scholars of language pedagogy to reconsider conceptualizations of literacy in teaching and learning language and cultures. If new literacies afford new forms of meaning making, then they also demand new understandings of the ways in which we acquire and evaluate knowledge and communicate.
This two-day symposium in Fall 2014 will explore the wide array of practices captured by the concept of digital literacies from social networking to gaming to fan fiction to micropublishing as they relate to particular circumstances of learning and living in a second or additional language and culture. In addition to a series of plenary talks hosted at the University of Arizona, the event will include online poster presentations with opportunities for both synchronous and asynchronous exchange.