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Contextualized Multimodal Language Learning

Taipei, Taiwan  |  June 28-30, 2021


Welcome to the 4th Pedagogy and Practice in Technology Enhanced Language Learning (PPTELL 2021) conference (formerly Pan-Pacific Technology Enhanced Language Learning) - an annual conference to be co-hosted by the PPTELL Association, Higher Education Sprout Project Office at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), University of North Texas (UNT) and Monash University on 28-30 June, 2021. Given the continual impact of the global pandemic, PPTELL 2021 will be a hybrid online(updated on May 18) conference wishing to provide us with a great opportunity to connect and reconnect with colleagues. Considering contextualized multimodal language learning (CMLL) as the theme of the conference this year, this hybrid conference brings us to think further about the potentiality of technology and how it can be adopted/adapted for effective language learning to meet diverse needs of learners in various contexts. 


Over the most devastating year, we have experienced so much change to our normal teaching and learning activities - not being all bad, but surely disruptive in many forms. Language learners and educators have been challenged by coping with the changing environment(s), using tools and features embedded in new technologies and objects, and finding and accepting new ways of interaction with peers. These are the key elements of Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory which is rooted in contextualized language learning that highlights situated learning with learners’ active involvement in the interaction among individuals, objects, and the environment. Given the advent of the Internet and other multimedia technologies, integrating imagery, voice, sound, written texts, and other semiotic resources/modes, they have created new and innovative learning opportunities and invited us to envisage multimodality in a new light.  


Reflecting on and thinking ahead of possibilities and feasibilities of technology enhanced language learning in various contexts, the aim of the 4th PPTELL conference is to facilitate and maximize insightful conversations and discussions about theory and practice in contextualised language learning. We are specifically interested in the nexus of theory and practice surrounding the impacts of multimodality in language learning and how features of technologies, learning environments, and pedagogical approaches have affected diverse language learners and teachers in contemporary language classrooms.