CALL Interest Session
Event #: 4691
Thursday, March 16, 2006, in Tampa, Florida, USA
Marriott Grand - Salon A - 8:30 - 11:15 AM - (13:30 - 16:15 GMT)
Mobile Technology, Teaching ESOL on the Fly
by Steven Sharp
Easy Technologies to Teach and Learn EFL/ESL Across Different Cultures(9:05 - 9:40 AM EST - 14:05-14:40 GMT)
This presentation describes a few of the possible ways these technologies were successfully used, recently in collaborative cross-cultural teacher-student projects for English as a Foreign Language, (EFL) students in Argentina and Kuwait, and for Arabic as a Foreign Language, (AFL) class in USA.
First, the presenter will talk about the skype WorldBridges project, organized by Rita Zeinstejer, Cambridge Oral Examiner for CAE, (ARCI) Rosario, Argentina and Buthaina Al-Othman, for their EFL students, in August 2005. A portal webpage was created for the 2-week blended, asynchronous and synchronous, interaction program: http://alothman-b.tripod.com/skypeproject_portal.htm , including listening, writing, and speaking activities, in addition to the new method of webcasts hosted by WordlBridges for the final students' activities. Other social software were integrated to enhance networking and flexible asynchronous communications between the participants, such as a class blog by blogger.com, and flickr that enabled the posting of photos to the collective blog. The photos were related to the main topics included in the discussions, like geographical places, religions, music, entertainment places for teenagers, and other relevant cultural customs.
Second, the presenter will introduce another innovative way of Arabic Language learning, through SkypedConversations, and videoblogging. The presenter will invite her guest, Barbara Sawhill, director of the International Learning Center (ILC), to talk about this project she organized through a number of skype conference calls between the Oberlin students who are studying Arabic with Assistant Professor of French Ali Yedes, a native speaker of Arabic, and Al-Othman, also a native speaker of Arabic. Yedes and his students are also invited to this presentation to talk about their cross-cultural, collaborative learning experience.
the presenters will share some tips and tricks on some of the ways she
has been using cell-phones with her EFL and ESP classes, English for
Science and English for Engineering & Petroleum, at Kuwait University.
She will explain how this portable technology has worked as JIT tools
to enhance/support teaching and learning situations inside and outside
her ESP classroom. The technology of SMS and MMS were used for reducing
local "digital divide" outside the classroom, and for vocabulary
learning and quizzes. Students' cell-phone cameras and photoblogs, by
buzznet.com were utilized to do grammar activities inside a c-lab. GPRS
WAP technology was activated to connect students' laptops to the Internet
through Infrared port, during term final group-presentations to show
the collaborative work published on their blogs.
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