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Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

Data-Driven Learning

Online access to corpora (samples)

  • PROJECT GUTENBERG: The Project Gutenberg Philosophy is to make information, books and other materials available to the general public in forms a vast majority of the computers, programs and people can easily read, use, quote, and search.

Concordancing Software

MonoConc 1.5 is Athelstan's original Windows concordance program. This is a good choice for concordance/computer novices who do not plan to perform many text searches. (The upgrade path to MonoConc Pro 2.0 is only $45.) The program is shipped with both 16-bit and 32-bit versions on the disk. In other words, it will run on any Windows platform, including Windows 3.1. The basic features of the concordancer are listed here. A brief article on the use of a concordancer in language teaching may be of interest

Examples / Further ideas & information

  • Tim has been putting together a Virtual DDL Library containing samples of concordance-based teaching and learning materials. He'd be interested to hear from other practitioners who might be prepared to submit examples of their work for inclusion in the Library (with full acknowledgment, of course).

Other materials

  • ICAMET - Innsbruck Computer Archive of Machine-Readable English Texts: The Innsbruck Computer Archive of Machine-Readable English Texts is divided into three subsections, namely the Prose Corpus 1100-1500 (a full-text database), the Letter Corpus 1386-1688 (containing 254 complete letters from different sources, arranged diachronically), and the Prose Varia Corpus (a mixture of tagged, normalized, translated and otherwise manipulated or synopsized texts). Since the texts are offered in their complete versions, they allow literary, historical and topical analyses of various kinds, particularly studies of cultural history.

Searching the WWW

  • Anglistik Guide: Anglistik Guide is an Internet-based subject gateway to scholarly relevant information in Anglo-American language and literature. The guide is located and maintained at the SUB Göttingen. Resources are described and evaluated with a set of DC-metadata. New resources are continuously added to the database, already catalogued ones regularly double-checked and updated.
  • The Virtual Library of Anglo-American Culture has been developed and is maintained by scholars and librarians in the field at the State and University Library at Göttingen (SUB). It has been funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) since March 1999.The VLib-AAC is an interdisciplinary research library for scholars and students of Anglo- American Culture. It has a single interface that merges traditional library media (books, journals, etc) and electronic resources to a seamless information gateway.

General links

  • The EUROCALL database. Wichtigste Europäische Organisation zu CALL & TELL. Umfangreiche Datenbank und Kontaktbörse; annual EUROCALL 99 conference at Besançon;
  • CALICO - the American Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium
  • IALL International Association for Language Learning Technologies - Welcome to the pages of the International Association for Language Learning Technology. Established in 1965, IALL is a professional organization dedicated to promoting effective uses of media centers for language teaching, learning, and research. IALL's membership represents hundreds of institutions of varying sizes and educational levels.
  • The TELL Consortium infobase. Useful information on software and CALL-projects in a number of languages (English, French , German, Spanish etc.) ;
  • The ICT4LT project (Information & Communication Technology for Language Teacher) aims to develop a new Web-based training course in Information and Communications Technology for Language Teachers. The project's two-year pilot phase runs from September 1998 to August 2000, by which time a complete set of 15 training modules will have been completed.
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning at the Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages (University of Cambridge) - a good site with general information on the institution, its courses, and a superb list with links into Internet Resources for Language and Linguistics (including a section on CALL)
  • Das Goethe-Institut Alles für den Bereich Deutsch als Fremdsprache, u.a. Vermittlung von Partnerklassen für On-Line Lernprojekte.
  • Tim Johns Data-driven Learning Page - Tim has been putting together a Virtual DDL Library containing samples of concordance-based teaching and learning materials. He'd be interested to hear from other practitioners who might be prepared to submit examples of their work for inclusion in the Library (with full acknowledgment, of course).
  • Italia 2000 Video Software on CD-ROM - is an EU-funded project to produce language learning material for intermediate / advanced learners of Italian based round authentic video clips. One element of the project has been the development of software which incoporates digitised versions of the video clips into computer-assisted language learning (CALL) software. This web site provides background information about the video-based software, and includes updates with results of evaluation being carried out by project partners in Dublin and Cambridge.

Software news & reviews

  • Halfbaked Potatoes. The freeware Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web.

Publications

  • ReCALL Journal online. EUROCALL's online version of its academic journal. ReCALL is a fully-refereed journal published jointly with the CTI Centre for Modern Languages. It is issued twice a year in May and November and contains articles relating to theoretical debate on language learning strategies and their influence on practical courseware design and integration, as well as regular software reviews.

Learn about CALL & TELL

  • The WELL Project - Web Enhanced Language Learning: The WELL Project aims to promote wider awareness and more effective use of Web resources for modern language teaching. Despite the enthusiasm of a growing number of "digerati", the majority of academics in language teaching have yet to discover what the Web and associated new technologies can offer. The WELL Project aims to provide a starting point for this discovery and also to act as a forum for the exchange of good practice amongst more advanced practitioners. The Project is supported by FDTL - the HEFCE Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning - and will run from 1997-2000.

Resources on the WWW

  • World of English: Udoka Ogbue's fantastics website with links into and information on almost any imaginable resource on the web. Highly recommended!!!
  • The Human-Languages Page is a comprehensive catalog of language-related Internet resources. The over 1999 links in the HLP database have been hand-reviewed to bring you the best language links the Web has to offer. Whether you're looking for online language lessons, translating dictionaries, native literature, translation services, software, language schools, or just a little information on a language you've heard about, the HLP probably has something to suit your needs. Use the links above to browse the HLP by subject or by category, or use the "Search" button to search the entire HLP by keyword.
  1. Interesting international sites (both in English and other languages)
  2. Clickable maps of Web sites
  3. Country by country and regional information
  4. Language learning materials and foreign language texts available on the Internet
  5. Information on discussion groups and other resources on language study and international studies
  6. Demos of locally developed language learning materials
  • Particularly exciting for VCU is the opportunity to serve as a repository for materials produced through the Central Virginia Consortium of Colleges and Universities. Demos of software and courseware are available directly to Web browsers. This includes foreign language texts in HTML format which incorporate illustrations and sound recordings. Already available are several children's stories from nineteenth-century Germany, which include original illustrations, recordings of the texts by native speakers and, in several cases, short video clips of selected scenes.

Online learning

  • Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab. This brilliant site provides online listening comprehension materials complete with exercises and study guides. All materials are graded (easy / medium / difficult). In addition, you can download materials and exercises for use on your own computer (offline). there is a special section with Listening Quizzes for Academic or Specific Purposes.

For instance, the activity called Friday Night Mishaps ([www.esl-lab.com/night/nightrd1.htm]) comes with a complete lesson plan and includes Pre-Listening, Listening and Post-Listening Exercises.


Samples of good practice

  • Die Webseite des Maria-Sybilla-Merian-Gymnasiums in Krefeld bietet einen interessanten Einblick in die Schulpraxis und die Nutzung des WWW und Neuer Medien in verschiedenen Sprachen. Interessant die vielen dort dokumentierten Projekte.
  • Auch das Friedrich-Koenig-Gymnasium in Würzburg hat einige interessante Projekte durchgeführt. Besonders interessant ist ein Projekt zu dem Song "We didn't start the fire" von Billy Joel.

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