The new edition of The SAGE Handbook of E-Learning Research retains the original effort of the first edition by focusing on research while capturing the leading edge of e-learning development and practice. Chapters focus on areas of development in e-learning technology, theory, practice, pedagogy and method of analysis. Covering the full extent of e-learning can be a challenge as developments and new features appear daily. The editors of this book meet this challenge by including contributions from leading researchers in areas that have gained a sufficient critical mass to provide reliable results and practices. The 25 chapters are organised into six key areas: 1. THEORY 2. LITERACY & LEARNING 3. METHODS & PERSPECTIVES 4. PEDAGOGY & PRACTICE 5. BEYOND THE CLASSROOM 6. FUTURES

Multilingualism and E-learning

Multilingualism and E-learning
Janina Brutt-Griffler Namsook Kim


To understand the rapid growth of multilingualism in the world today, this chapter takes a close look at the new language policies that chart linguistic goals and aspirations for its citizens as well as exploring the forces of transnationalism that propel the spread of languages. No doubt, multilingualism today requires us to look from the standpoint of nations and their language policies. Nations engage not only in status planning by designating a given language as an official/national language but, more importantly, they engage in acquisition planning (cf. Cooper, 1989). Acquisition planning pertains to policy making about users (as opposed to languages) that specifies overt goals such as ...

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