Difference between revisions of "Foreign Language 2.0: Benefits and Implementing Online Communication"

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==Course Objectives==
 
==Course Objectives==
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By completing this course, foreign language teachers will be able to:
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    * Recognize the need to incorporate authentic communication using online tools by comparing new online methods with traditional classroom practices.
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    * State the benefits and opportunities of online communication foreign language learners:
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            * increased authentic practice
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            * interaction with native speakers/peers/instructors
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            * increasing foreign language fluency
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            * increasing student motivation and positive attitudes toward foreign language learning
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    * Design and implement communication activities using social networking tools in the foreign language classroom.
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==Prerequisite Skills==
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Users of this course should have:
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  1. Motivation to better teaching practices
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  2. Understanding of traditional FL classroom practices
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  3. Comfortable level using the Internet, including e-mail, blogs, & social networking sites
  
 
==Course Units==
 
==Course Units==

Revision as of 17:48, 2 May 2010

Course Introduction

This course is being designed to demonstrate how synchronous and asynchronous means of online communication(i.e. blogs, instant messaging/video services, e-mail, and networking sites) increase and enhance communication opportunities and fluency in foreign language (FL) classroom.

Offering authentic communication activities in the foreign language classroom has always been a challenge. Students feel the need to connect to what they are learning and to see practical uses for their knowledge and skills. This drives them to learn, and in the foreign language classroom that means being able to communicate in another language as they do in their native one. Much of any language and daily communication is effectively socializing with others and being able to use the rules of language to communicate our thoughts and ideas. Traditional classroom curricula follow thematic vocabulary units that don't always offer opportunities for casual, day-to-day conversation practice.

Course Objectives

By completing this course, foreign language teachers will be able to:

   * Recognize the need to incorporate authentic communication using online tools by comparing new online methods with traditional classroom practices.
   * State the benefits and opportunities of online communication foreign language learners: 
           * increased authentic practice
           * interaction with native speakers/peers/instructors
           * increasing foreign language fluency
           * increasing student motivation and positive attitudes toward foreign language learning 
   * Design and implement communication activities using social networking tools in the foreign language classroom. 

Prerequisite Skills

Users of this course should have:

  1. Motivation to better teaching practices
  2. Understanding of traditional FL classroom practices
  3. Comfortable level using the Internet, including e-mail, blogs, & social networking sites

Course Units

Unit 1: Current Classroom Practices
Unit 2: Exploring & Implementing Online Tools
Unit 3: Reflection on Possibilities & Benefits