Kielitaito ja informaalin oppimisen kontekstit: kielten opiskelijoiden ja yhteiskuntatieteilijöiden käsityksiä kielitaidosta ja teknologioiden hyödyntämisestä oppimisen tukena
Hybrid language learning, combining formal and informal contexts, is nowadays common and natural. The use of various everyday technologies offers extracurricular or extramural support for language learning. We focused on two groups of university students, language and political science majors, and compared informal pre-university learning contexts, the perceived importance of language skills and attitudes towards technology-enhanced language learning with a Webropol-based questionnaire. In their responses, the groups were very similar. They were aware of and had benefitted from many informal learning contexts. Both groups found knowing foreign languages very important and had generally positive attitudes towards technology-enhanced language learning. Awareness of informal language learning affordances can enhance the diversity of foreign languages and act as a balancing force against possible inequality of education.