Informal Learning and Institution-wide Language Provision

University Language Learners in the 21st Century

  • Denyze Toffoli

Part of the New Language Learning and Teaching Environments book series (NLLTE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Theoretical Views on the Contemporary L2 Learner

  3. Contexts of Contemporary Language Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-73
    2. Denyze Toffoli
      Pages 75-95
    3. Denyze Toffoli
      Pages 125-161
  4. University Language Learners in the 21st Century

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 199-230

About this book


This book takes a fresh look at both context and the language learner in an attempt to shed light on the holistic and ever-changing system of the contemporary L2 speaker’s language development. Drawing on complex dynamic systems theory as a means to more fully understand the holistic nature of contemporary language learning, the author attempts to bridge the longstanding gap between formal language provision in Higher Education institutions, and more informal language acquisition achieved through activities such as listening to music, watching films and television, and playing games. Based on a theoretical understanding of the interplay between these contexts, contents and practices, the author offers suggestions concerning the shape of language centres in higher education and the role of teachers in readying the contemporary language learner for autonomous lifelong and lifewide language development. This book will be of particular interest to language teachers, teacher trainers, and higher education administrators. 

Denyze Toffoli is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France. She was previously head of the Department of Languages for Specialists of Other Disciplines (LanSAD) at the University of Strasbourg, serving some 15,000 users in 10 different language centres.


Institution-wide Language Provision (IWLP) self-instruction learning technology language didactics Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) language acquisition informal language exposure Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL) language development models empirical perspectives

Authors and affiliations

  • Denyze Toffoli
    • 1
  1. 1.LanSADUniversity of StrasbourgStrasbourgFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-37875-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-37876-9
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