Ed 480 Language Learning With TechnologyPresentation 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.
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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…
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
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
Adapts learning to the student.
It is authentic.
It increases critical thinking skills.
Problems and criticisms of CALL instruction:
Reluctance on part of teachers
More difficult to evaluate
Lack of unified theoretical framework for designing and evaluating CALL
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