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ERIC Number: ED422899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 10
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To Integrate Your Language Web Tools--CALL WebCT.
Siekmann, Sabine
The benefits of Internet activities for teaching of foreign languages, for example the use of e-mail as a non-threatening environment for language output, and using the Web to integrate language and culture, have become apparent in the last few years. This paper describes WebCT as a user-friendly integrated Internet environment for the teaching of foreign languages. WebCT (Web Course Tools), created at the University of British Columbia is a multi-faceted program that allows educators to customize an existing suite of tools to their individual needs and content. The different tools WebCT has to offer are assembled in a single password protected area; they include, but are not limited to: e-mail, bulletin board, chat rooms, and quizzes. These tools can be categorized in four areas: Content (paths, links), Communication (bulletin board, e-mail, chat rooms), Testing/Assessment (quizzes, self-test) and Course Management (calendar, student management, My Record). This paper briefly introduces the main tools, describes possible applications in computer-assisted language learning (CALL), and discusses their potential and limitations. The role of the teacher in WebCT is examined in terms of course development as well as in terms of different teaching modes (supplemental or self-contained). WebCT does not require instructors to become programmers, but enables them to create course materials and design their course on their own. WebCT is generally user-friendly for teachers and students, and especially easily understood from the student's perspective. The role of the student also depends upon the different teaching modes as well as whether the computer is used as a tutor or tool. Integrating the Internet into the foreign language classroom encourages students who are less likely to participate in class. It can also create possibilities for learners who would otherwise be excluded from foreign language learning. WebCT brings second language learning home to students. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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