Brave New Digital Classroom

Technology and Foreign Language Learning

Third Edition

Robert J. Blake and Gabriel Guillén
Foreword by Steven L. Thorne

"[T]his book is well written, informative, highly readable, and relevant."
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Robert Blake, now with Gabriel Guillén, updates his successful book (1st ed. 2008, 2nd ed. 2013) on how to teach foreign languages using technology. Brave New Digital Classroom touches on all of the key concepts and challenges of teaching with technology, focusing on issues specific to FLL or L2 learning and CALL. Originally referred to as computer-assisted language learning, CALL has come to encompass any kind of learning that uses digital tools for language learning.

This edition reframes the conversation to account for how technology has been integrated into our lives. Blake and Guillén address the ways technology can help with L2, how to choose the right digital tools, how to use those tools effectively, and how technology can impact literacy and identity. The book is primed for use in graduate courses: terminology is in bold and a comprehensive glossary is included; each chapter finishes with a short list of references for further reading on the topic and discussion questions. The authors provide short interview videos (free via GUP website) to enhance discussions on each chapter’s topic.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Steven L. Thorne

Introduction: From Talking to Telling Tales in a Multilingual Digital World

1. Can Technology Help with L2 Learning?

2. What Is the Right Technological Fit for L2 Learning?

3. How Does the Digital World Shape Our Social Interactions?

4. Which Digital Tools Work for L2 Learning?

5. Games for Language Learning

6. Digital Literacy and L2 Identity

Epilogue: Brave New Digital L2 Classroom, Revisited




About the Authors


"An indispensable introduction to the field of computer-assisted language learning that is both theoretically sound and highly practical, written in an accessible style palatable to advanced undergraduate and graduate students alike. Blake and Guillén persuasively guide language instructors on how to incorporate existing and evolving new technologies into the L2 classroom in a principled and impactful way."—Bryan Smith, associate professor of applied linguistics, Department of English, Arizona State University

"[T]his book is well written, informative, highly readable, and relevant."—CALICO Journal, 2020

"Brave New Digital Classroom is concise but comprehensive, well-written, and an insightful book with a survey of today’s digital technologies that offer many opportunities for L2 development. This book is a must-read for L2 teachers, L2 teacher educators, and even administrators and other decision-making stakeholders..."—Linguist List

"...the authors merit accolades for having produced a publication that is, like the first and second editions, a major work that will enhance the knowledge of practitioners, budding teachers, and researchers alike."—Hispania


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About the Author

Robert J. Blake is a distinguished professor of Spanish linguistics and director of the Davis Language Center at the University of California, Davis. He has developed online Spanish courses and, with Eve Zyzik, coauthored El español y la lingüística aplicada

Gabriel A. Guillén is an assistant professor of Spanish at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and an active practitioner in the field of language learning and technology. His research focuses on local and online intercultural exchanges and the use of language-learning social networks in the context of hybrid language education.

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