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    Slide 1:Effective use of information technology in college EFL courses:

    Mariko Miyao Informatics and Media Studies, Tsukuba Gakuin University, Tsukuba, Japan

    Slide 2:Introduction

    Some student-centered English learning activities using information technology (IT) Offered In different courses Two departments Informatics and Media Studies Global Communication At a small university

    Slide 3:Student types

    Informatics: Majority Majoring in computer-related subjects Not enthusiastic about learning English Active in projects with computers Global Communication Less computer savvy More active in learning English Not much problem with less technically complicated activities using computers

    Slide 4:How to offer a new activity using IT

    Try it with small groups of older, technically-minded students The teacher/students can learn new techniques together Both can improve the activities for better results When more confident, offer to a larger group or other types of students

    Slide 5:Grouping (computer skills and English levels)

    Group A older technically minded, 3rd-4th year, Informatics major, small groups Group B 2nd-4th year, both departments, small to medium groups Group C Mostly 1st-2nd year, larger groups

    Slide 6:Group A (Activity examples)

    Learning English using the Web course Quizzes for children with Hot Potatoes (freeware) http://www.kasei.ac.jp/cs/mariko/08engweb/index.html (baby animals (sample quiz)) Childrens picture books & quizzes with Study Note (groupware) <http://www.tsukuba-g.ac.jp/t/miyao/www/db/n0000fd/index.html> Graduation Project course Students choose their own projects to pursue and write final theses/reports about their experiences.

    Slide 7:Group B (Activity examples)

    English Word Processing course Electronic wall newspapers (MS-Word) Sample newspapers English information/expression English website creation (Homepage Builder) <http://www.kasei.ac.jp/cs/mariko/johohyogen/johohyogen08.html> Business English (Basics) Presentation using a visual aid (Power Point) Sample presentation outline

    Slide 8:Group C (Activity examples)

    Information English course (elective) Reading course (required) Individual listening practice for the textbook using a CALL system Discussions in the forum in Moodle Students become very active exchanging opinions <http://moodle.tsukuba-g.ac.jp> Reading/listening/viewing on the web http://www.kasei.ac.jp/cs/mariko/EnglishSites.html

    Slide 9:Activity examples using the web

    Quizzes for ESL/EFL students Reading/Viewing/Listening Newspapers (Authentic vs. one for ESL learners) You Tube (Britains got talent.) Searching for/reporting on your favorite websites How to use Internet dictionaries (Avoid translation software)

    Slide 10:Web-based Activities

    Free (except Study Note) Students - take initiative in creating their own works - enjoy the process Teacher need basic IT techniques search for good materials Its worth it to motivate students.

    Slide 11:Conclusion

    New activities try with a small group Gradually accumulate good activities using IT Advanced levels use authentic materials on the web Lower levels Use technically less complicated activities Technically minded students experiment new activities together