What is it about?

In this article I argue that online virtual educational learning contexts are less impersonal than previously thought. They can foster profound intimacy between students and teachers by encouraging language play and storytelling. The physical surroundings can also put students (and teachers) at ease if they are personalised and somewhat chaotic. In this way we can move away from obsessions with standardisation and knowledge generation in online lessons and towards valuing intimacy, connection and spontaneity.

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Why is it important?

This work is set against a backdrop of over standardisation of units of study in universities especially in the online classroom. It argues for bringing back the human element to teaching, including spontaneity, humour, personalisation and connection.

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This page is a summary of: Intimacy in online classrooms, Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, November 2022, John Benjamins,
DOI: 10.1075/aral.21050.dob.
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