Brave New Digital Classroom: Technology and Foreign Language Learning

Brave New Digital Classroom: Technology and Foreign Language Learning

by Robert J. Blake
     
 

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Brave New Digital Classroom deftly interweaves results of pedagogical research and descriptions of the most successful computer-assisted language learning (CALL) projects to explore how technology can best be employed in the foreign-language curriculum to assist the second language acquisition process.

Directed to all language teachers -- whether at the

Overview

Brave New Digital Classroom deftly interweaves results of pedagogical research and descriptions of the most successful computer-assisted language learning (CALL) projects to explore how technology can best be employed in the foreign-language curriculum to assist the second language acquisition process.

Directed to all language teachers -- whether at the school or the postsecondary level, with or without prior experience -- this book focuses on how to use new technologies effectively. Blake urges teachers to move beyond a simple functional competence of knowing how to use the tools toward first a critical competence -- realizing what the various tools are good for -- and ultimately a rhetorical competence of knowing how the tools will help transform the learning environment. This book examines the effective use of a range of technologies, from Internet sites through computer-mediated communication such as synchronous chatting and blogs, to distance learning. At the end of each chapter questions and activities demonstrate the interactionist, learner-centered pedagogy Blake espouses.

An invaluable reference for experienced researchers and CALL developers as well as those of limited experience, Brave New Digital Classroom is also ideal for graduate-level courses on second language pedagogy. It will also be of interest to department chairs and administrators seeking to develop and evaluate their own CALL programs.

Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review

No education collection should be without this guide on how to proceed.

Linguist List

A cohesive, updated overview of how technology can be effectively used in second and foreign language teaching and learning. This book serves as a useful handbook for a wide audience including all language teachers.

Hispania - Raquel Oxford

Blake succeeds in painting the possibilities of technology integration for those contemplating its use in the classroom. The book is suitable for multiple audiences, including the methods courses, in which it could serve as a springboard for further discussion of appropriate and meaningful use of technology in language learning.

From the Publisher

"No education collection should be without this guide on how to proceed." -- Midwest Book Review

"A cohesive, updated overview of how technology can be effectively used in second and foreign language teaching and learning. This book serves as a useful handbook for a wide audience including all language teachers." -- Linguist List

"Blake succeeds in painting the possibilities of technology integration for those contemplating its use in the classroom. The book is suitable for multiple audiences, including the methods courses, in which it could serve as a springboard for further discussion of appropriate and meaningful use of technology in language learning." -- Raquel Oxford, Midwestern State University, Hispania

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589012127
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
09/22/2008
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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"This book is an invaluable reference both for experienced researchers and CALL developers, and especially for those with limited experience in teaching with technology or with developing their own CALL materials. It would be ideally suited to teacher training and to graduate level courses on second language pedagogy." -- from the Foreword by Dorothy Chun

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From the Publisher

"An eminently useful, well-written, and most informative little book. Based on sound SLA research, it offers a reasoned use of various computer technologies to enhance and enrich the language learning experience. A must for any methods course at the college level." -- Claire Kramsch, University of California, Berkeley

"A very important contribution to the field of technology and foreign language learning. It is able to synthesize abstract theoretical issues into understandable language while also addressing practical issues of the implementation of technology into a foreign language curriculum. Specialists in this field, especially those teaching graduate seminars on this topic, will welcome this book." -- Barbara A. Lafford, Arizona State University

"Destined to become a classic reference for anyone venturing into the field of distance language learning. For all of the others who have gained their experience in a field in which the L2 acquisition process has been studied mostly in the face-to-face classroom environment, Blake challenges our assumptions and directs our attention to the potential of new interactional environments for the processing and acquisition of the L2." -- Rafael Salaberry, University of Texas at Austin

Meet the Author

Robert J. Blake is director of the UC Consortium for Language Learning and Teaching and professor of Spanish and classics, University of California, Davis.

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