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ERIC Number: EJ805400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3501
Commentary: Learner-Based Listening and Technological Authenticity
Robin, Richard
Language Learning & Technology, v11 n1 p109-115 Feb 2007
Language teachers know that even the best technology cannot provide the high degree of interaction required to acquire meaningful proficiency in a foreign language. Even the most polished packages available today cannot evaluate learner input and provide subtle shades of context-based feedback, except in the narrowest of circumstances. In this article, the author discusses how off-the-shelf technology has allowed language learners to experience learning in an "authentic environment." He also discusses that it is more important to teach learners how to use the technology instead of focusing more on improving the existing technology. The author provides a brief description of the following technology: (1) repeated audio delivery; (2) slowed audio text delivery; (3) accompanying texts; (4) captioned video; (5) translation bots and listening comprehension; and (6) voice chat and interactive native speaker practice. (Contains 2 notes and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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