Monday, July 18, 2011

Chapter Four

Mediated Communication (CMC) is one of the most popular tools used in recent years.  There are two different modes:  Synchronous, SCMC, which is basically tools that are used in the moment, real time, like text-based chat programs, such as, MSN Messenger, and AOL’s Instant Messenger, and voice chatting programs such as Breeze, Skype, and YackPack and Asynchronous, ACMC, is the second tool and this one is in delayed time, like e-mail, electronic mailing lists (listservs), discussion forums, blogs, and wikis. 

Blake also included a case study that occurred between a student and a teacher using bimodal CMC to demonstrate input and error correction.  Furthermore, while discussing the import of developing students’ intercultural communicative competence, Blake presents the MIT’s Cultural project as an ideal model. This project engaged students from France and the United States.  They had to exchange opinions about their own cultural values through different modes of telecollaboration (online surveys and videoconferences).

The more I thought about the case study presented between the student and instructor, the more I wondered how many students were in his class.  Honestly, it is almost impossible to spend so much time with an individual student when you have a full classroom (30-35 students).   Also, the county requirements for teachers are so much that it becomes frustrating.   I wish we could really focus on what we need to and use the tools (technology) that we have and teach our students the target language without interruptions. 

References:
Blake, Robert J. (2008). Brave New Digital Classroom: Technology and Foreign Language Learning. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.

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