ESL students often face additional challenges thanks to socio-cultural and linguistic hurdles but have attracted scant attention during COVID-19 lockdown from stakeholders hailing Zoom-like smart technologies as the savior of all. In this chapter, drawing upon an analysis of the mainstream news coverage of English as a second or dialect (EAL/D) students in Australia’s lockdown, we unpack this reality to explore what may have contributed to popular ELT tech-integration imaginations. Our analysis reveals that EAL/D students are acutely vulnerable among hyped technological adaptions and yet that Australian mainstream media have silenced their presence rather than voicing their pains. This analysis is a timely reminder that ELT research needs to rethink the interplay between technological emergence and language learning during similar pandemics.
|Title of host publication||Technology-enhanced language teaching and learning|
|Subtitle of host publication||Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2023|