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    Ed 480 Language Learning With Technology Ed 480 Language Learning With Technology Presentation Transcript

    • Language Learning Highway Using Technology to assist language learning. Presented by: John Jenkins ED 408 Educational Technology Class
    • CALL Highway 102
      • What is CALL?
      • CALL stands for C omputer- A ssisted L anguage L earning.
      • An approach to teaching and learning foreign languages where the computer and computer-based software are used to present, reinforce and assess material to be learned.
    • CALL Exit Left
      • Origins traced back to 1960 and since then has had a “symbiotic relationship between the development of technology and pedagogy.” World-wide web launched in 1993 to the general public, opened up new possibilities in CALL including online versions of software to computer-mediated communication (and now to Web 2.0 interactive applications).
      • These include: drill programs and task-based activities
    • Role of Teachers & students in CALL:
      • Following the constructivist philosophy, teachers take on the “guide-by-the-side” role as opposed to the “sage-on-the-stage”
      • Students have an active rather than a passive role in the learning process as they develop the 4 skills of language learning competency.
    • 4 Language Learning Competencies include:
    • CALL can be used for…
      • Vocabulary practice
      • Grammar lessons
      • Comprehension exercises
      • Reading Tasks
      • Writing Tasks
      • Pronunciation tasks
      What other tasks can you think of that are important for Learning a new language?
    • Task #1: Vocabulary VOCAB Road This Exit Examples of vocabulary and Grammar exercises
      • Research indicates that students using computer programs
      • to learn vocabulary words, outperformed the ones who read
      • the vocabulary in print form
      • Research also indicates that the more multimedia (audio,video,
      • graphics,animation, and interactivity) the higher the outcomes
      • in vocabulary acquisition 1
    • Task #2: Comprehension Research also points out that offering Choices in the various types of glosses (multimedia interfaces)-- “better develop vocabularies, greater background knowledge and other reading comprehension strategies.” Comprehension Highway Exit Here (An example of a listening comprehension site)
    • Examples of Reading (and writing) exercises:
      • Online discussion boards
      • Blogs
      • Online journals
      • Scripts
      • WIKIs
      • Can you think of other authentic reading and writing tasks?
      Task #3: Reading & Writing
      • As with all language learning tasks, authentic writing tasks from the internet, create high motivation for students to learn how to write in their target language.
      • Click Here for a fun Web 2.0 writing tool demo for language learners
      Task #3 Continued
    • Task #4: Pronunciation Highway 107
      • Pronunciation is of course best taught using audio software. Ones with audio-recording features are even better (but most require download fee). Language learning websites which include audio examples of pronunciation are of course the BEST!
      • Pronunciation Park This Exit.
      • (Example website with audio features)
    • Advantages of CALL
      • Increases motivation.
      • Adapts learning to the student.
      • It is authentic.
      • It increases critical thinking skills.
    • Problems and criticisms of CALL instruction:
      • Cost
      • Reluctance on part of teachers
      • More difficult to evaluate
      • Lack of unified theoretical framework for designing and evaluating CALL
    • Language Learning Site This EXIT Visit these other cool sites:
      • Wordchamp
      • Englishbaby
      • Esl-lab .com
      • Librivox .com
      • Esl-library .com
    • References:
      • http://iteslj.org/Articles/Constantinescu-Vocabulary.html
      • www.ericdigest (Interactive Language Learning on the web).
      • http://iteslj.org/Articles/Singhal-Internet.html
      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer-assisted_language_learning
      • www.cpr4esl.com
      • www.flashcardexchange.com
      • www.johnsesl.com
      • www.whitesmoke.com
      • www.wordchamp.com
      • www.englishbaby.com