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  • A Flat World for Language LearnersMaryanne Burgos, Ph.D.
  • What do we want our language students to learn?
  • ESL Standards from TESOL
    To use English to communicate in social settings
    To use English to achieve academically in all content areas
    To use English in socially and culturally appropriate ways
  • Five C’s of Foreign Language Education
  • Quick Reference
    Social language
    Academic language
    Culture
  • Optimal Language Learning Environments
    What do you think makes for a good language learning environment?
  • Optimal Environments
    1. Have opportunities to interact and negotiate meaning.
    2. Interact in the target language with an authentic audience.
    3. Are involved in authentic tasks.
    Egbert, J &Hanson-Smith, E. CALL Environments
  • Can computers help?
  • Historical Development of CMC
  • Drill and Practice
  • Email
  • Can new Internet tools provide an optimal environment?
  • What are some new Internet tools?
  • New Internet Tools
  • Tools are Not Methods
  • Project-Based Learningfor Language Learners
  • Websites for Global Collaboration
    ePalshttp://www.epals.com/
    The Global Schoolhousehttp://www.globalschoolnet.org/index.html
    Taking It Globalhttp://takingitglobal.org/
    Center for Innovation in Science and Engineering Educationhttp://www.k12science.org/collabprojs.html
  • What can ePals do for you?
    Connect classrooms
    Offer ready-to-use projects
    Allow networking for teachers, students and parents
    Provide safe environment
  • 1. Classroom Match
  • Negotiation of Meaning
    Learning is essentially the result of interaction between learners and others.
  • Interaction
    Learners must be involved in social interaction which is purposeful with a real audience that is actively involved with the learners.
  • Authentic Tasks
    Authentic tasks are those having the same types of cognitive challenges as complicated real-world tasks do.
  • Designing a Project-Based Project
    Connect with a classroom
    Start with the goal
    Design a plan for the project
    Choose your tools
    Create a schedule
    Monitor progress
    Assess the outcome
    Evaluate the experience
  • 2. Projects
    Participate in ePal Projects
  • The Way We Arehttp://www.epals.com/projects/info.aspx?DivID=TheWayWeAre_overview
  • 3. Networking
    Teacher forums
    Student forums
    Family Forums
    Project Forums
    Focus Area Forums
  • 4. Safe Environment
  • ePals as Optimal Language Learning Environment
    Social language
    Academic language
    Culture
  • Enjoy a Flatter More ConnectedWorld