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Koivistoinen, Hilkka; Kuure, Leena; Tapio, Elina (2016) Appropriating a new language learning approach : processes of resemiotisation. Apples – Journal of Applied Language Studies 10(2):105–117.

Appropriating a new language learning approach : processes of resemiotisation

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Author: Koivistoinen, Hilkka1; Kuure, Leena1; Tapio, Elina2
Organizations: 1University of Oulu
2Humak University of Applied Sciences
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: University of Jyväskylä, 2016
Publish Date: 2017-11-24


The study focused on university students of English and their teachers appropriating an ecological perspective into language learning and teaching during a university course. The course involved designing and putting into practice an online language project for school children in Finland and Spain. The task was expected to pose challenges as the university students had no experience of the pedagogic approach applied. Two video-recorded wrap-up discussions and the students’ final reports were selected from the data resource for closer analysis. The qualitative analysis showed how the new/ecological approach was resemiotised through multimodal (inter)actions between the participants. Experiences of complexity were collaboratively negotiated through the metaphor of ‘chaos’, first as problematic, then normalised and even a desired part of language teaching. The study bears implications for language teacher education shedding light on changing understandings for pedagogical thinking.

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Series: Apples. Journal of applied language studies
ISSN: 1457-9863
ISSN-E: 1457-9863
ISSN-L: 1457-9863
Volume: 10
Issue: 2
Pages: 105 - 117
DOI: 10.17011/apples/urn.201612145091
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 6121 Languages
Copyright information: © 2016 The authors.