Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chapter Three

Internet has definitely impacted our world.  It's been more than fifty years now that the application of computer technology in the FL field was implemented.  Language programs where created and initiated and these where similar to workbooks.  This is called CALI (computer-assisted language instruction).  Basically, I can compare this approach to teaching "old school" drill-and-kill exercises.  This really grabbed my attention.  I can still say that this still happens now but without the computer.  Many teachers still feel like drill-and-kill exercises are the only way to teach and to learn.  Just read the vocabulary, memorize it or learn it, and take a quiz.  Wow, and there is so much more to that especially for this new generation.  They need to be stimulated and this is when CALL (computer-assisted language learning) comes into play.  These programs are design to engage the student to solve or construct problems. 

Blake, R.J. (2008). Brave new digital classroom: Technology and foreign language learning. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

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