ERIC Number: ED428568
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov-21
The WWW for the Students: A Theoretical Basis for Using the WWW in Foreign Language Instruction.
Campbell, Joan Keck
Discussion of the use of the World Wide Web (WWW) for teaching foreign languages (L2s) begins with an examination of the learning styles of the current population of students, shifts in approaches to learning and teaching, and the changing role for language instructors in this context. It is argued that effective use of WWW resources to teach students L2 grammar and vocabulary means taking advantage of the ways students think: i.e., non-linearly, making connections between disparate pieces of information to formulate a whole. An L2 German exercise is presented that uses such a model of learning, which requires students to: (1) select the context in which they learn and practice grammar from authentic sources, (2) use grammatical structures to organize the data, and (3) integrate new knowledge into their databases through the grammar, with examples for applying this paradigm in the future. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (32nd, Chicago, IL, November 20-22, 1998).