E-learning and language change - Observations, tendencies and reflections
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AbstractThis paper discusses the globalization of e-learning and the lingua franca of modern times, English, and its effects on other languages. Alterations and changes in languages as an effect of distance technologies are also discussed. Hybrid languages such as Spanglish (Spanish English) and Swenglish (Swedish English) emerges. The need for speed and efficiency in communication and the adaptation to new technology changes language dramatically as is observed in chat and SMS mediated communication. Do e-learning teachers master these new languages? Do they use and master the wide variety of communication channels now available online? The complexity of modern human communication is discussed with a historical perspective - the old modes of communication can now be used via Internet but this transfer changes their characteristics. We are currently in an intermediate period trying out ways to communicate in e-learning contexts using information and communication technologies (ICT) and "old media" skills in an ad hoc and often non-reflective way.