"Brave New Digital Classroom" deftly interweaves results of pedagogical research and descriptions of the most successful computer-assisted language learning (CALL) projects to explore how technology can best be employed in the foreign-language curriculum to assist the second language acquisition process. Directed to all language teachers - whether at the school or the postsecondary level, with or without prior experience - this book focuses on how to use new technologies effectively. Blake urges teachers to move beyond a simple functional competence of knowing how to use the tools toward first a critical competence - realizing what the various tools are good for - and ultimately a rhetorical competence of knowing how the tools will help transform the learning environment. This book examines the effective use of a range of technologies, from Internet sites through computer-mediated communication such as synchronous chatting and blogs, to distance learning. At the end of each chapter questions and activities demonstrate the interactionist, learner-centered pedagogy Blake espouses.
An invaluable reference for experienced researchers and CALL developers as well as those of limited experience, "Brave New Digital Classroom" is also ideal for graduate-level courses on second language pedagogy. It will also be of interest to department chairs and administrators seeking to develop and evaluate their own CALL programs.
Publisher: Georgetown University Press ISBN: 9781589012127 Number of pages: 240 Weight: 295 g Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
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