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# Design and implement communication activities using social networking tools in the classroom
 
# Design and implement communication activities using social networking tools in the classroom
 
# State the benefits and opportunities of online communication for foreign language learners:
 
# State the benefits and opportunities of online communication for foreign language learners:
::Increased quantity of authentic practice
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::*Increased quantity of authentic practice
::Interaction with native speakers
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::*Interaction with native speakers
::Increasing peer/instructor rapport
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::*Increasing peer/instructor rapport
::Increasing foreign language fluency
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::*Increasing foreign language fluency
::Increasing student motivation and positive attitudes towards foreign language(s)
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::*Increasing student motivation and positive attitudes towards foreign language(s)
  
 
==Prerequisite Skills==
 
==Prerequisite Skills==

Revision as of 17:57, 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:

  1. Recognize and understand the need to incorporate authentic communication using online tools by comparing online methods with traditional classroom practices
  2. Design and implement communication activities using social networking tools in the classroom
  3. State the benefits and opportunities of online communication for foreign language learners:
  • Increased quantity of authentic practice
  • Interaction with native speakers
  • Increasing peer/instructor rapport
  • Increasing foreign language fluency
  • Increasing student motivation and positive attitudes towards foreign language(s)

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