hiram h. maxim (PhD, University of Texas-Austin) is a professor of German Studies and Core Faculty Member in the Linguistics Program at Emory University. His research focuses on instructed adult L2 development with specific interest in the relationship between L2 reading and writing and curricular approaches that facilitate that intersection.

In line with the theme of the 2016 AATK annual conference “Virtual Possibilities: Integrating Technology in Language Learning and Teaching,” this plenary talk aimed to thematize the role that new media technologies can play in the foreign language (FL) classroom. At the larger societal level, there would seem to be little debate that new media technologies have had a profound effect on how we interact with each other and our surroundings. Mass media and the Internet have spawned whole new types of texts and forms of interaction that require different ways of communicating. Acknowledging and anticipating these significant changes in...

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