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Informal Digital Learning of English
Research to Practice

ISBN 9780367486259
Published December 28, 2021 by Routledge
190 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In today’s digital era, increasing numbers of youth around the world learn English outside classrooms, frequently with the use of technology. This timely book brings together research and theory on the increasingly common phenomenon of Informal Digital Learning of English (IDLE) among students of all ages and across a wide range of contexts globally. By examining the positive impact of IDLE on students’ reading, writing, listening, and speaking abilities, as well as the unique challenges that result, Lee synthesizes research in one accessible and comprehensive volume in this rapidly developing domain.

This book addresses key concepts, including Computer Assisted Language Learning, the impact on standardized assessment, and the role of classroom learning. Lee offers empirically tested activities, pedagogical recommendations, and lesson plans to engage ESL/EFL students. The research overview and practical offerings make this an ideal text for courses in TESOL on online education, language teaching online, digital learning, community and language, and applied linguistics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Trends in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

Chapter 3. Informal Digital Learning of English (IDLE)

Chapter 4. IDLE-related concepts

Chapter 5. IDLE and language learning outcomes

Chapter 6. IDLE in the Classroom

Chapter 7. Preparing teachers for integrating IDLE into the classroom

Chapter 8. Conclusion

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Ju Seong Lee is Assistant Professor of English Language Education at the Education University of Hong Kong.


"Insightful and invaluable, Ju Seong Lee’s book puts the spotlight firmly where it belongs: on the daily, informal digital practices that underpin most language learning and use."

Hayo Reinders, Anaheim University, USA

"For years, researchers have observed language learners who thrive in digital environments. This book delves into this phenomenon and explores how the use of these social spaces support specific learning outcomes. Those who are interested in transforming their language instruction will definitely want this book."

Greg Kessler, Ohio University, USA

"This exciting and well-researched new book provides a comprehensive and compelling case for the revolutionary potential of Informal Digital Learning of English for ESL curriculum and teaching worldwide. This book lays the foundation for second language pedagogy in the twenty-first century. It is a must-read for researchers and graduate students interested in how technology can truly transform language education, now and in the foreseeable future."

Mark Dressman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

"Informal digital learning improves English learning."

Adnan Mohamed, Washington State University, USA