Quotation Trinder, Ruth. 2017. Informal and deliberate learning with new technologies. ELT Journal (English Language Teaching Journal), 71 (4), 401-412.




Due to the ready availability of new technologies, opportunities for the incidental as well as deliberate practice of English have multiplied and far exceed what can be done in more formal environments. Yet, despite the sizeable literature on the classroom-based use of specific digital resources, few studies have investigated how students evaluate increased exposure to English in terms of learning potential. This article argues that online informal learning of English deserves more attention, and presents an empirical study surveying Austrian university students' practices and preferences related to new media in independent settings. The participants' perceptions of the usefulness of a range of digital resources for the acquisition of language skills are analysed and juxtaposed with their opinions on in-class use of technology. Results indicate a clear preference for well-established, time-honoured media (film, online dictionaries, email) in self-regulated contexts, as well as diverging opinions on the use of technologies in classroom settings.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal ELT Journal (English Language Teaching Journal)
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Informal and deliberate learning with new technologies
Volume 71
Number 4
Year 2017
Page from 401
Page to 412
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/elt/ccw117
Open Access N


Trinder, Ruth (Details)
Institute for English Business Communication (Köster) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
6605 English language and literature (Details)
6624 Language instruction research (Details)
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