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Internet – A Powerful Tool for Language Teaching and Learning Dr. Tim Xie California State University, Long Beach May 2008 Email: [email protected] Virtual office: http://xietianwei.net This PPT: http://learningchineseonline.net/PPT/ucla.pps Research says…

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Internet – A Powerful Tool for Language Teaching and Learning

Dr. Tim Xie

California State University, Long Beach

May 2008

Email: [email protected]

Virtual office: http://xietianwei.net

This PPT: http://learningchineseonline.net/PPT/ucla.pps


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Research says… Learning

  • Singhal (1997) discussed the potential benefits of the Internet and how it can be used in the second or foreign language classroom. She indicates that Internet is not only a new tool of communication, but also a teaching and learning tool.

    Singhal, Meena. (1997). The Internet and Foreign Language Education: Benefits and Challenges. The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. 3, No. 6. Retrieved February 3, 2008 from http://iteslj.org/Articles/Singhal-Internet.html.


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1997- my first web page Learning Chinese Online Learning

  • Created for collecting web resources for teaching Chinese

  • At first, everything was manual

  • Now it is dynamic – pages are created automatically by a program. Once the database is updated, the pages are updated automatically

  • Current URL: http://learningchineseonline.net


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Five types of web pages/links Learning

  • Resources: Teaching and learning resources

  • Courses: Course pages – an example

  • Textbook based: – e-textbookexample and textbook supporting page

  • Learning tools: tools for learning page

  • Virtual classroom and office: for students and for myself – easy access to web pages and programs


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Three models Learning

  • Complete online

    For local or long distance (CHIN101)

  • Hybrid/blended

    Classroom teaching and online (CHIN360 -e-textbook, online review session- wiziq , online exercises-quia, group translation-writeboard)

  • Web-supported

    Classroom teaching supported by online materials (all other courses – course page, online exercises, multimedia programs and resources)


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Why using web pages? Learning

  • Why do I use them - CCN

    • Curiosity – interested to know if Internet really helps teaching and learning

    • Convenience – anytime and anywhere, easy to edit, update

    • Normalization – indispensable tool for teaching and learning


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Benefits and problems Learning

  • Easy access to teaching materials – anytime and anywhere

  • Convenience in teaching – it is no longer pen and paper and chalk and blackboard, but keyboard and screen.

  • Strengthening interaction with students – email, discussion, virtual classroom


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Benefits and problems Learning

  • Much more time spent than pen and paper teaching

  • There are always new things to learn

  • Ephemeral nature of the Internet data


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FUA Learning

  • FUA - the most frequently used applications (not FQA)

  • Web developing – Word, Frontpage or Dreamwaver, etc.

  • Uploading and downloading – FTP


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Suggestions for novice people Learning

  • Create a site for yourself, e.g. for your course

  • Make some web pages for this course

  • Upload and upgrade them

  • Maintain this course web site

  • Web supporting course or blended/hybrid course is suggested


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Future Learning

  • CALL will be normalized when computers are treated as always secondary to learning itself, when the needs of learners will be carefully analyzed first of all, and then the computer used to serve those needs.”

    Bax, S. (2003). CALL — past, present and future. System, Vol. 31. pp.13–28.


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Thank you! Learning谢谢![email protected]://xietianwei.net


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