Challenges of Grammar Learning Today on the WWW. Brno 30/03/06. Josef Schmied/Isabel Heller English Language & Linguistics Chemnitz University of Technology www.tu-chemnitz.de/phil/english/linguistics. Can the WWW replace the native speaker?. 1. What is the target model?
Challenges of Grammar Learning Today on the WWW
Josef Schmied/Isabel Heller
English Language & Linguistics
Chemnitz University of Technology
1. What is the target model?
2. Can the WWW provide enough resources?
3. Evaluation of WWW sites for grammar learning
4. Problems and perspectives
a changing world:
Graddol 1997:2 “As the world is in transition, so the English language is taking new forms.”
- English as the national lingua franca?
- invasion of Anglicisms in Czech?-
"The internet and related information technologies, for example, may upset the traditional patterns of communication upon which institutional and national cultures have been built. We have entered a period in which language and communication will play a more central role than ever before in economic, political and cultural life- just at the moment in history that a global language has emerged.” Graddol (1997: 3)
for communication technology!
Graddol 1997: 43 “Many employers indeed insist on particular ways of addressing and talking to clients and customers, since this language has become an integral part of the service offered.“
Employees today “have to adopt a wide variety of language styles”
English “must be usable for both team working and service interactions.”
“demands on employee’s competence in English are rising. Education and training programmes are only just beginning to be tailored to employment trends.”
Graddol (1997: 3): “The use of English as a global lingua franca requires intelligibility and the setting and maintenance of standards.”
a challenge for universities:
+ related projects
which level? which skill?
learning process control: yes?/train?/talent?
How does the www help to foster this profile?
Theories of learning
WWW Usage Rationale
- Non-comprehension of
Authent. Language Material
- No guidance