Invisibly vulnerable: A corpus-based investigation of media representations of Australian EAL/D students in COVID-19 lockdown

Jessica Morcom, Richard Liu

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnology-enhanced language teaching and learning
Subtitle of host publicationLessons from the COVID-19 pandemic
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Chapter8
Pages103-118
Number of pages25
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023

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