Language Learning and Technology has delivered a special issue on Technology and Learning to write (Vol. 12 n. 2, June 2008).
The articles deal with the influence of Corpus Technology on L2 Academic writing , asynchronous forums in EAP, raising students’ awareness of cross-cultural contrastive rhetoric via an e-Learning course and pedagogical practices and perceived learning effectiveness in EFL writing classes.
As usual, there is an interesting article on emerging technologies related to the topic covered by this special issue, writing. Goldwin Jones points at some technologies which enable students to keep track of their own writing and build a language portfolio.
The software review focus on netTrekker d. i., Thinkronize, Inc., while the book review is on A Practical Guide to Using Technology in Langage Teaching by John de Szendeffy.
You can download it from their site at http://llt.msu.edu/vol12num2/vo12num2.pdf
Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Santander
CALL and ICT Language Learning Theoretical backup and class use
Towards curricular integration of ICT in the Foreign Language class
Integrating ICT into the MFL classroom is Joe Dale’s blog. One of those favourite sites which offers practical tips and advice on using ICT to enhance the teaching of modern foreign languages.
The other practical experience for newcomers to ICT Language Learning is Larry Ferlazzo’s websites of the day… For teaching ELL, ESL & EFL. In this site Larry has gathered a huge collection of pages he has written after a long experience of practical ICT class use. I do personally like his My Best of series, which I recommend to follow.
Computer Assisted Language Learning: Theoretical backup and practical issues
No means is a good means if we don’t know how to use it. No teaching method is a good method unless the teacher masters the educational priciples behind it, all of which is patently obvious. However this is what Bolton and others remind us as regards to the use of ICT in foreign language education. ICT is not a method, let alone a self access course. Students must be clearly guided on using the new tools. Learning to Learn Languages with ICT – But How? is an article worth reading for those who are thinking of introducing ICT in their lessons.
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One of the rising uses of CALL is network-based language teaching. New tools have made it possible for the average language teachers to adventure into the language exchange with other group of students. It is funny though to look back into some webs which described the communication tools for learning purposes. 1997’s LeLoup’s site gave this information about communication tools. Just contras it to
The Internet Teaching English Second Language Journal was one of the first and still one of the best journals for English language teachers on Internet. It is full of teaching recipies for all kind of settings and teaching situations. There are some sections specially valuable for language practice with your students.
As I am doing my thesis on CALL this is a reminder for some sites I need to explore further