Week 1 A Course Overview & ICT skills

1. Course Description and Overview

2. ICT Skills Assessment

1. Go to: ICT4LT Module 1.3: http://www.ict4lt.org/en/index.htm, 1.2.

Click on ICT_Can_Do_Lists document.
Save the ICT Cn Do Lists document on your USB.
Use the following scale instead of the scale suggested:

Level of knowledge scale:
1 = Non Evident
2 = Basic
3 = Intermediate
4 = Advanced

Assess your ICT skills in the following areas:
Email software
Anti-virus and security software
Web authoring software
CALL authoring software
CD-ROMs and DVDs
CD-Audio discs
DVD-Video discs
Image editing software
Audio recording and editing software
Video recording and editing software
Reference tools: electronic dictionaries and encyclopaedias
Using a VLE: Moodle
Interactive whiteboards (IWBs)
2. Answer the following question: what is your understanding of copyright?
3. Email your ICT skills assessment to your lecturer.

3. CALL Definition and Historical Overview

A. Warming Up
Question 1:
What do you understand when you read the acronym CALL?
B. Work in groups of 3 to 4.
a. Read the following:
  1. Buttler-Pascoe & Wiburg. (2003). Technology and Teaching English Language Learners, Introduction, page 3-5.
  2. Computer Assisted Language Learning http://www.terra.es/personal/nostat/
  3. Mark Warschauer Computer Assisted Language Learning: an introduction http://www.ict4lt.org/en/warschauer.htm
  4. Linguistics and the Teaching of English as a Second/Foreign Language http://www.stanford.edu/class/linguist289/CALL1.htm
b. Answer the following questions:
Question 2:
Give the definition of:
(a) CALL:
(b) CALI:
(c) CBLT:
(d) CELL:
(e) TELL:
Which one do you think would be the most appropriate these days?
Question 3:
Give a brief Historical Overview / Phases of CALL.
Question 4:
Give the general advantages and disadvantages of CALL.

C. Brainstorm and write a list of what you can do in a CALL environment

D. Discuss with the rest of the class.

E. Email all of your findings (A to D) to your lecturer before the next CALL session.