Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Welcome to this new academic course!

Are you ready to begin? Do you all have your books? If it is so, try to read the introduction and compare it with your own conclusions generated from the following video (taken from the CNN):

Read also the text taken from the same site: http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/10/24/language.training.online/index.html

Did you know all you have just listened and read? Do you agree with all that? Do you think the way of learning languages with a computer has changed? In which way?


Mike_CD said...


I found that CNN article quite interesting. Even though I don't have an iPhone/iPod touch, I do have an iPod and I use the iTunes Store quite a bit. I never bought the type of apps this article is focussed on, but I have been a big fan of language learning through podcasts. Actually, I got a couple that helped me a lot with English Phonetics last year. Some of them came with images or videos so you're able to see how to place your tongue, lips, etc...for certain vowels.

Livemocha has called my attention too. Having the opportunity to have something checked by someone, whose mother tongue is the one you're learning, seems helpful. The only thing is that the people there to help you, are not professional teachers, though I still think it can be a powerful tool.

Answering your question, yes, I think the way of learning a language with a computer has changed. With all these new 3G, Wi-Fi, compact devices, everything is a lot more accessible and the range where to pick out form is getting wider and wider everyday.

Have a good day, Miguel Carballo

María Jordano said...

Hi Miguel,

Do you actually have an IPod? Could you write a post for us explaining in which way an Ipod has helped you to study languages? Just, let me know your email and I will give you permissions to add a new post, previously moderated by myself.

If you don't like the idea, I can do the post and you could add me some comments.


María Jordano

Rosa M. Portilla said...

I think that the most surprising change in the way of learning languages with a computer is the existence of social networks where native people correct, for example, what you write (http://lang-8.com/).
Collaboration online change a lot the way of interact with a language through the computer. There is not online a machine (computer) but also people.

María Jordano said...

Great! Now think about the link you suggest and try to justify their why of doing with the teories that you'll read in the text book. Could you find anything related to the origin of social networks learning in the book?

Rosa M. Portilla said...

Probably, the begginings of social networks are the restricted email systems that was created in the 1960s such as PLATO and in the 1990s The International Email Tandem Network.
Related with Plato, as levy says in the book, "it supported communication between users in the form of note files and 'talk'".
Also, in the page 95 of the book, Levy makes a presentation of the importance of email and the Internet in CALL. He defines Computer-mediated Communication as "mechanisms for interaction", and gives some examples from projects in the 1990s such as the one which students from Taiwan and North Carolina, exchanged information.
Could we consider PLATO the beggining of blogs?

María Jordano said...

Hi Rosa,

well... it could be that, though the aim of PLATO was based on education in opposition to the social Networks. Any more differences? Try to compare it with the functions of

Malrroy said...

I did not know about the sources that are mentioned in the video byki, rossetastone, etc. Obviously every step taken in the direction of the portable devices market is arguably to be a success, even more if we realize that they tend to merge into multipurpose devices that are not only cellphones, mp3 or mp4 players, personal agendas, netbooks, etc.

The perfect CALL tool will be one that could be used in a multipurpose portable device, no matter how big the screen is (not relying too much on the visual but also on acoustic)

All web 2.0 tools are more adaptable than old fashioned cd or dvd installable software. Java software, downloadable and able to work in mobile OS as sybian, android, windows mobile, are the right horse to bet for.

María Jordano said...

Thanks, Malrroy!

I share all your comments and idea. Any new learning object, it is thought to be portable and accesible, even better!

Thanks for your comments,