This is the first post on this blog, so I would like to maintain it as an introduction to Computer assisted language learning (CALL) and how language teachers and practitioners can harness the power of CALL to enhance language learning.
Most if not all teachers now are called “technology immigrants” since technology was not around in their time when they were learners. Our students, in contrast, are called “technology natives” as they experience technology on a daily basis whether in an educational setting or for personal use. Two things are obvious with regard to our students:
- They will know about technology more than we will ever know
- They expect their teachers to be knowledgeable in technology
Language Teachers should exploit technology
- based on methodological frameworks and theories of language learning
- based on their specific learning context
- to enhance language learning
- to enhance peripheral learning to language learning , such as autonomy, collaboration, social networking
- to enhance their pupils’ critical thinking
The following posts will discuss CALL and the integration of technology, with its subcategories, multimedia, web 2.0, e-learning, successfully in the language classroom based on methodology and theories of language learning, and especially on reflection on practice.
I hope you find the forthcoming posts valuable and worth reflecting on. More importantly, worth experimenting implementing in your language classroom.