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Computer in Foreign language teaching

This course is for all students with an interest in using computer-based solutions in teaching foregin languages.

This course tries to bring together future language teachers with an interest in computer assisted learning. Computers can be of use in many areas of foreign language training and this course focusses especially on the teaching and learning of grammar. In this workshop course we discuss issues and questions from these three fields:
1. Areas of Computer aided language learning and teaching
After a review of past and future we focus on the main types of computer use in foreign language teaching:
a. (Intelligent) Computer aided Language Learning (I)CALL
These are two different fields and we take a look at what do Online grammar projects in both fields look like, how does correction and feedback work. We also determine what has to be developed to make this better in the future.
b. Data Driven Learning (DDL)
This section deals with the use of language corpora in computer aided language learning. This should be particularly interesting when there are many participants with different languages.
c. Computer Assisted Communication (CMC)
This field examines the use of computer tools for collaborative learning. We discuss the use of Learning management systems (LMS), conference and presentation software and other computer communication tools, including social media.

2. How should a pedagogical grammar for Online grammar training be designed?
A pedagogical grammar for foreign language teaching is the framework around grammar teaching and it is to be seen as a very specialised tool adapted to the language taught and the learning group.
a. Selection of included materials
What elements of the full systematic grammar should be selected into the pedagogical grammar? That means grammatical phenomena as well as different lines of grammar description.
b. The language of explanations and “rules”
Depending on the proficiency of the target group, grammar can be explained and described in different levels from basic language up to scientific descriptions. What is a good way for different languages? We might even try to find an answer to the question “Do we need grammatical rules?”.
c. How to include exercises in the grammar
Her we look at different possibilities to include exercises. We examine existing projects and elicit what is good and what not.

3. Teaching and Learning Grammar
What do we have to know about the learning process in order to build a project in the area of computer assisted grammar learning?
a. How can we learn and teach grammar?
This is concerned with learning-psychological and pedagogical/didactical questions. What is a rule, an exercise, a learning task? We also look into methodical questions of learning grammar with the computer/Internet.
b. Types of grammar exercises in (I)CALL and their creation
How and with what tools can we as teachers create grammar exercises? – The dos and don’ts of exercise making, authoring software and other practical issues.
c. Self-directed and autonomous learning
Considerations about self-directed and autonomous learning. What are the differences between these, how are presence phases and self-studies Online are linked? Concepts like Flipped classroom, tutoring and course design.
These are guidelines only; the list can be altered after the first session.

10.12.2019 at 09:00 - 13.1.2020 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Mon 13.1.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Mon 20.1.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Mon 27.1.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Mon 3.2.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Mon 10.2.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Mon 17.2.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Mon 24.2.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Mon 9.3.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Mon 16.3.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Mon 23.3.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Mon 30.3.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Mon 6.4.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Mon 20.4.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Mon 27.4.2020
12:15 - 13:45


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