Specific purposes in language learning among migrants and refugees

AELFE (Asociación Europea de Lenguas para Fines Específicos) XVII International Conference | Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid | 28th June 2018

Increased mobility of populations across the globe produces new learning requirements. Mobile learning supported by smartphones, tablets and other portable or wearable devices, offers many opportunities and can support migrants and refugees who need to learn a new language in relation to the situations they face. Mobile technologies along with social media can facilitate access, provide interaction and assistance, and enrich learning. The talk will consider some specific language learning requirements of these populations. Drawing on recent research projects at The Open University and elsewhere, we will consider some ways in which mobile language learning is being developed and how it can support the particular needs of refugees and migrants. Furthermore, we shall reflect on gaps in provision and how mobile learning could better support their language needs.

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