Saturday, November 8, 2008

EXAM practice 1

Open your books and imagine you have to answer the following question:

CALL in the 90s (10 marks)

Now, using the "comments" option to answer this question.

Take into account that you have only 60 minutes to do it.

Good luck!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've tried to make a very short answer because we have little time to do it. I anwered first in paper so that I have an idea of the time I wasted in thinking and writing.
Here is my answer:

In the 90s appears the World Wide Web. Internet begun at the end of the 60s. The LANS (Local Area Network) were developed and evolved and grew stronger, connecting to the military network ARPAnet. In the process of creating ARPAnet, the Internet Protocol (IP) was created. In the 80s, the Transmition Control Protocol (TCP) was added.
In 1992 the Word Wide Web was created, a hypertext-based system for finding and accessing Internet resources. TANDEM, CAMILLE and OLA use internet in different ways and these were the main innovations in CALL in these years.
The International Email Tandem Network connected Universities around the world to enable students to learn languages in tandem via email on a reciprocal basis. The coordinators helped participants in moderating the forums and evaluating the results. Students saw this facility as very helpful because it adapted to each student and also because of the interactions’ frequency that could be every day and not two hours a week as the normal courses.
The CAMILLE project was based on the learner and not on the teacher. The tools were a book, a dictionary with pronunciation recordings, audio and video, a book on the culture of the target language and a notebook. With the introduction of the desktop metaphor everything was better organized. In CAMILLE we find a textbook open.
The Oral Language Archive (OLA) tries to make a collection of digitized sound recordings for foreign language learning. The OLA contains a suite of management tools to enable users to locate and use sound segments easily and flexibly.
CALL represents a matrix of diverse activities, all of which in their many ways support learning. Such novel approaches may well require new evaluation techniques to capture the qualities of the new medium.