The last twenty years has seen a huge evolution in approaches to language-learning, due to new technology as well changing theories on how to best teach languages.
Recognising the key relationship between research, practice and program development, Changing Language Education Through CALL is an important text advocating change that makes effective use of new research into learning styles, as well as new technology. Bringing together sixteen internationally respected experts in second-language acquisition and computer technologies, it presents teachers with user-friendly, flexible ways to incorporate technology into the language learning process and provides both the theoretical and practical basis for CALL applications across a broad spectrum of teaching styles, textbooks and courses.
Practical and clearly presented, each chapter in this book concentrates on the learning process and the teacher’s role in facilitating this through the proper and effective use of technology - thus ensuring that the partnership of pedagogical expertise and technological innovation remains the work’s focus.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Effective Use of CALL Technologies: Finding the Right Balance. Have We left the Teacher Out of the Equation? Strengthening the Link between Teacher Cognition and Task Design in CALL. A Language Teacher's Perspective on Effective Courseware. Seven-by-Seven: Effective CALL for Troubled Times. Wired for Sound: Teaching Listening via Computers and the Worldwide Web. Using the Web to Develop Students' In-Depth Understanding of Foreign Cultural Attitudes and Values. Accomplishing More with Less: An Innovative Approach to the Development of Curriculum-Based Courseware. Language Online: Principles of Design and Methods of Assessment. Language Education and Networked Online Environments (MOOs). Learning by Heart: Memory, MOOs, and Morphology. Two Heads Better Than One: C[omputer] M[ediated] C[ommunication] for the L2. Working Towards Effective Assessment of CALL
Randall P. Donaldson is Associate Professor of German at Loyola College in Maryland.
Margaret A. Haggstrom is Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literature at Loyola College in Maryland