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ERIC Number: ED439600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 28
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Computers for English Language Learning in Japanese Schools.
Kataoka, Ko
This paper suggests that computer assisted language learning (CALL) can and should be used in language education in Japan in more effective ways. It suggests practical ideas for incorporating the use of computers into English language instruction in Japan. Japanese teachers of English have many concerns about the use and efficacy of computers in the classroom. This paper addresses these concerns by making the following points: (1) the use of computers can offer more authentic examples of the English language in use (newspapers, broadcast media) and opportunities for realistic communication (e-mail), both of which can facilitate language learning; (2) using CALL, learners can proceed at their own pace and take more risks; (3) using CALL, teachers can address the different learning styles of their students through multimedia with pictures, sound, movies, and text offering several different ways to deal with the same material to suit various learning styles; (4) networked computers can be tools for communication in which learners can engage in interaction using the target language. The usefulness of computers is investigated in specific ways, focusing on reading, writing, listening, speaking, and integrated skills. In each section, specific activities are suggested and methodological issues are reviewed. Worksheets are included. (Contains 50 references.) (Author/KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan