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WordPress, Twitter, Feedly in the language class

Published March 14, 2014 by Esra

WordPress and Feedly are very useful indeed. A teacher could build interest in their internet generation students that are eager to go home and sit infront of the computer to see what fantasy or reality they could witness. In my opinion the reason of the lower age groups facination towards the interent is because they feel the beuty and power of their free will. They could do anything that they would never never even imagine doing outside the virtual world. If we were to go back to our topic what I am trying to say is to help them use this world for their benefit. An English language teacher should give a good background context for the aim that s/he sets and leave the rest to their imagination. With wordpress students could be writers to write their strong feelings on the various topics the teacher presents them, they could share, communicate, read, listen, view, and keep in touch with many others like them. They could do all of these in their own space with wordpress and feedly. When it comes to twitter I think we should differ it from the other two because its use is much more different then the others. I wouldn’t use twitter in purpose of teaching language very often (especially if my students are under 16 or so) but, I would have my older students follow users I think would be some help in their learning and maybe even have them write what they think a certain user indicates in their sentences.

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Computer Assisted Language Learning: an Introduction by Mark Warschauer

Published March 10, 2014 by Esra

My opinion on computers in language learning is very positive. I think it makes life easy in many ways and one of these ways is learning. It’s possible to do many difficult calculations with a click of a mouse or listen to a video on the internet about a subject matter you didn’t understand very well. In this article by Mark Warschauer we have the opportunity to learn some basic history on computer assisted language learning which gives us teachers a whole new world wide classroom to teach and learn all together. The development of CALL can be categorized in terms of three phases which are the behavioristic CALL, the communicative CALL, and the Integrative CALL.

The order in these phases are going towards a better and authentic learning environment that gives the learning a better chance to practice the language as it is in the last phase that is named the integrative CALL where we are introduced to the term “internet”. Nowadays learners use the internet for various reasons in the educational system either consciously or unconsciously. They get to chat with foreigners, play games that are in their target language, do their research or homework. They could do these for fun or for learning purposes.

There was a Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, England named Sugata Mitra, which participated in a TED talk and won the prize wish of 2013. I was very fascinated by his presentation which observed different age groups of children learning and teaching themselves how to use a computer and even learning language from it all together. I wanted to share this video of his presentation “Build a school in the cloud”.

Opinions on CALL

Published March 9, 2014 by Esra

Actually this course  was one of the  courses that I have been wanting to attend the most. Everything is moving into computers so fast I have been having worries that I would not be able to cope with the new technological expectations such as these interactive boards. The new generation of children are so good at using anything that is interactive it would be a huge loss if I would lack even the basics. At the past we language teachers would only worry about  following the changes in language only, but now we have to keep up to date even in technology so what I mean is this course will surely be hard but at the same time it will be needed. I will try very hard to keep up and not just settle down with ” this is enough for me” attitude for a better future in teaching and learning.

 

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