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ERIC Number: ED430527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 7
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The Virtual Global Village: The World Wide Web, Instructional Technology and the "Communicative" Language Classroom.
Blake, J.
The "discovery and conquest" of the Internet and its application to the teaching of foreign languages and cultures has created some very serious pedagogical problems. The interest in instructional technology appeared on the horizon at a moment when theorists of foreign language acquisition were promoting notions of proficiency-oriented and interactive teaching for cross-cultural communication. The digital realms of the Internet, the World Wide Web, CD-ROM, and network-based communications should immerse students in task-driven cultural studies. This field of expansion has presented a dilemma to foreign language teachers, who have had to face the issue of proper contextualization of these activities. Digital technologies can promote a more student-focused environment only if the teacher examines what is happening in the classroom before the addition of the use of any of the computer technologies. The World Wide Web as properly applied in this effort provides quick and unrestricted access to authentic materials in the form of text, sound, and images. Topics addressed in this paper include: the role of instructional technology in the foreign language classroom; CD-ROM, the Web, and network-based communication technologies; and the importance of communication in the classroom. A compilation of Web sites useful in the foreign language classroom is included. (Author/MES)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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