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  • 1. Language Learning Highway Using Technology to assist language learning. Presented by: John Jenkins ED 408 Educational Technology Class
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 4 Language Learning Competencies include:
  • 6. 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?
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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)
  • 9. 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
  • 10.
    • 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
  • 11. 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)
  • 12. Advantages of CALL
    • Increases motivation.
    • Adapts learning to the student.
    • It is authentic.
    • It increases critical thinking skills.
  • 13. 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
  • 14. Language Learning Site This EXIT Visit these other cool sites:
    • Wordchamp
    • Englishbaby
    • Esl-lab .com
    • Librivox .com
    • Esl-library .com
  • 15. References:
    • www.ericdigest (Interactive Language Learning on the web).