Good morning! My name is Jared Westin. I am the coordinator for the Shin Min Junior High CALL program. CALL stands for: Computer Assisted Language Learning. Our main objectives are first, to improve our students’ English ability using the computer. Second, to teach some computer skills, using English as the language of instruction. And third, to integrate with our ESL program.
The Compass Learning system allows the teacher to assign a different story to each student according to his needs. If a student wishes to work slowly and carefully or quickly and ambitiously, the teacher can accommodate that. Students must use their headphones in order to listen carefully to the stories and vocabulary.
This shows a sample of the vocabulary that students cover in the first three lessons of Compass Reading. Students write down any new words for them and define them. The student’s definitions are not grammatically perfect, because they are trying to explain what the word means using English.
A nice advantage of the CALL class is that it allows the teacher an opportunity to meet with each student on a 1 to 1 basis. I will check students’ work and give a brief oral test of the material covered in the lessons.
This is a screenshot taken from the Compass Learning program. Students should be able to answer the question, “it is summer now”, because they saw this visual and read about summertime in the story.
This is a sample of one student’s notebook. The teacher points out mistakes, and students make corrections.
Students not only work in the Compass Learning system and with their notebooks. They learn: basic computer parts; how to fix simple problems with the computers; how to log in and out of programs and websites; keyboard functions, such as DELETE and ESCAPE; typing and; how to surf the Net in a safe and disciplined manner.
Basic parts are covered first. This is a worksheet the students complete on the first day of class.
Correct typing finger positions. I teach typing for the first 15 min. or so of each class. Good typers learn to use the correct finger positions to make their typing faster and more efficient.
Students are only allowed to surf the Net under supervision and to teacher-approved sites, like these search engines.
Students will also learn the basics in creating documents and writing. We do as many GEPT crossover projects as we can. Webquests give students the opportunity to do research, and the teacher can conduct writing workshops based on them. We also do special webquests for Halloween or Christmas.
Schedules and travel itineraries provide a nice way to crossover to what we cover in ESL classes.
Students learn how to do simple layout and design.
Students will be able to write a short, organized paragraph.
This was a nice online activity I found on food and nutrition, which meshed nicely with the GEPT unit on food covered in ESL class.
A webquest on dinosaurs is a safe and fun way for students to navigate the Internet.
In this webquest, students solve English puzzles and riddles in order to find the hidden ‘treasure’.
First year students begin with VERY simple writing exercises, which emphasize such things as capitalization, punctuation, correct spacing and verb tense.
In the second year, students move on to more sophisticated uses of the computer: blogs, powerpoint presentations (like this one), and such functions as creating HYPERLINKS.
Students make a class blog which allows them to post and share their work with each other. This student created the picture, uploaded and embedded it into her blog “post”, and then wrote a description of her character or hero. This is a very sophisticated and complicated series of actions. They can also comment on one another’s posts with the link you see there.
Leaving comments on the teacher’s or other students’ blogs is a nice way to practice their English.
Uploading powerpoints to the Net is also a sophisticated skill, and the result is impressive.
This is our classroom.
I think the kids like CALL class.
If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to me! THANKS!
Intro to call 4
Welcome to C.A.L.L.Computer – Assisted Language LearningGoals:Improve students’ English ability using computersTeach some computer skillsIntegrate with the ESL program
Compass Learning Reading and listening Vocabulary Pronunciation