Language, media and mobility in contemporary society

Kenning, Marie-Madeleine (2005) Language, media and mobility in contemporary society. Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research, 30 (4). pp. 445-457.

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This contribution aims to shed light on the interface between language competence and two significant developments in contemporary society: the increase in international mobility and the growing importance of mediated communication. First, I will highlight some common features of mobility and mediated communication and their interaction with second language proficiency, and summarize relevant findings from communication research and media studies. Next, I will focus on the relationship between language and media use. I will model the impact of second language proficiency as a set of additional options within a variable context characterized by the interaction of linguistic competence, place of residence, and language status. I will analyze each factor in turn and illustrate my claims with data from empirical findings on student experience of residence abroad. I will then discuss implications for foreign language teaching before presenting some speculative thoughts about future developments.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Language and Communication Studies (former - to 2014)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 13:56
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2023 14:30
DOI: 10.1515/comm.2005.30.4.445

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