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Book: Identity, Multilingualism and CALL

Chapter: Language, Identity and Positioning in Virtual Exchange

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43408


In language education, virtual exchange (VE) is hailed as a form of experiential learning that offers language learners opportunities for (semi)authentic interactions with distant peers, mediated by technology. This conceptual contribution explores how - as a result of often implicit language ideologies - languages are organized in VE and the possibilities offered for identity work in VE by the framing and design of the exchanges. Using two instantiations of VE models - Tandem and Online Facilitated Dialogue (OFD) - as examples, we consider the identity categorizations and language ideologies made salient in the design of the VE.

Chapter Contributors

  • Francesca Helm ( - fhelm) 'University of Padova'
  • Mirjam Hauck ( - mirjamhauck) 'The Open University UK'