CALL

 

Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) is an all encompassing term that covers the various ways computers are used by teachers and students to aid the process of language learning. As the availability and sophistication of computer technology continues to grow, so does its relevance in the English language classroom. Although computers are not a replacement for the knowledge and skills of a well-trained and experienced English teacher, they do offer a number of ways to help the language learning process. There are many types of software programs available to help students learn and practice new language skills, as well as many websites aimed at English language students. The internet also provides teachers with access to all manner of teaching resources including materials and forums for sharing and discussing information and ideas on lesson planning, activities and other teaching ideas.


Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

I enjoyed this unit even if I found that the first video was exaggerating the defects of the teacher. I think it was a good idea to present the same instructor and the same students to clearly demonstrate the difference or receptivity that can be effected by the teacher's attitude. But then again, adult students are usually easier to motivate than teenagers!This first video was really very painful to watch and is a cogent reminder of how important it is to have humility in the classroom. You need to remember that what seems simple and obvious to a native speaker is nothing of the sort for a foreign learner, and that you need to be encouraging and kind if you are to have any positive effect on learning outcomes.


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