As communication resource technologies improve and adjust to the needs of the individual, the prevalence of distance learning increases, continuing the development of educational advancements.
Second-Language Distance Learning and Teaching : Theoretical Perspectives and Didactic Ergonomics explores the construct of distance second language learning, its defined parameters, theoretical models, and model method validation. This reference work offers educators and practitioners a comprehensive and interdisciplinary perspective, while introducing the principles for understanding, designing, and running learning environments.
In the text, the editors explain that "Language and technology have long been related. The development of railroad transportation, steam navigation and the telephone marked the beginning of an era of national linguistic unification not only in Europe and North America, but in most other regions of the world (Porcher & Groux, 1998). Air transportation, radio and television heightened the phenomenon, and McLuhan (1964) felt it possible to speak of the world as a global village. The rapid development of ICT, in particular of the Internet, initially seemed to be paving the way for English as a lingua franca in the world. Contrary to the preceding media, ICT offers the possibility of responding individually, which was the case of the telephone too, in a much more limited way, when it was invented. Consequently, two trends of unequal strength can now be felt. On the one hand, English has undoubtedly become the language everyone feels they should learn. On the other hand, migrations have increased the need to learn the languages of the host countries, and studies abroad have increased the need to be able to cope with academic demands. In Europe, institutions such as the Council of Europe or the European Union have played an important role in developing language studies across the continent to facilitate intra-community exchanges. Finally, the notion of sharing life in a multicultural and multilingual world has become more and more appealing to many people and is creating a new demand for language courses."