Australasian Language Learners and Italian Web Sites: A Profitable Learning Partnership?

Australasian Language Learners and Italian Web Sites: A Profitable Learning Partnership?

Gabriella Brussino (University of Auckland, New Zealand) and Cathy Gunn (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-895-6.ch001
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A theoretically driven and technology enhanced approach to second language acquisition at beginners level is illustrated through the description of an iterative learning design process implemented at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. The study draws on three areas of current literature: SLA/FLA, the use of authentic tasks and integration of subject specific and generic skills. Beginners enrolled in Italian language courses engage with authentic media, public service and entertainment web sites. Through this engagement, learners are guided in the acquisition of a range of language structures, vocabulary, cultural knowledge and communication skills. Evaluation data gathered over a five-year period provided the basis for continuous improvement and is presented here as evidence of effectiveness of the learning design and teaching strategies involved.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Pedagogy: Application of established educational principles to the design and support of learning activities for any specific purpose.

Electronic Literacy: Ability to communicate, read, write, compose and conduct research with competence and confidence in computer mediated and Internet environments. (Derived from Warschauer 1999

Internet Project: A project that requires students to use the Internet to communicate, find, process and report back on information found on external Web sites.

Authentic Learning Activities: Study activities that incorporate the use of real world information sources, communication tasks, resources and/or organizations and that reflect real world (as opposed to contrived or artificial) situations.

Student Feedback: Comments offered by students in response to specific questions asked about learning tasks, activities or environments they have engaged with.

SLA/FLA: An established theoretical basis for second or foreign language acquisition that involves a process of input, apperception, comprehension, intake, integration and output.

Generic Skills: Skills that may be applied to a range of different situations, e.g. Internet research skills, self-management skills or learning strategies.

Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL): learners learning language in any context with, through and around computer technologies (Egbert, 2005).

Integrated Learning: The incorporation of a range of discrete skills into learning tasks or activities that enables achievement of specified learning outcomes.

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Table of Contents
Andrew Lian
Felicia Zhang, Beth Barber
Chapter 1
Gabriella Brussino, Cathy Gunn
A theoretically driven and technology enhanced approach to second language acquisition at beginners level is illustrated through the description of... Sample PDF
Australasian Language Learners and Italian Web Sites: A Profitable Learning Partnership?
Chapter 2
Michael Fitze
This chapter reports on a comparative study of face-to-face (FTF) and written electronic (WE) conferences as pre-writing activities in the English... Sample PDF
Assessing the Benefit of Prewriting Conferences on Drafts
Chapter 3
Joel Bloch, Cathryn Crosby
This chapter discusses the use of blogging in a beginning level academic writing course. Blogging was used in this writing course both as a means of... Sample PDF
Blogging and Academic Writing Development
Chapter 4
Robert Ariew, Gulcan Erçetin, Susan Cooledge
This chapter introduces second language reading in hypertext/hypermedia environments. It discusses the development of a template to annotate reading... Sample PDF
Second Language Reading in Hypertext Environments
Chapter 5
Leo Kam-hung Yu
The consciousness-raising approach to grammar teaching aims to provide opportunities for students to identify some grammatical components through... Sample PDF
Application of Online Questionnaires in Grammar Teaching
Chapter 6
Diane Huot, France H. Lemonnier, Josiane Hamers
This chapter presents the key findings of a longitudinal study conducted with secondary school students over a period of five years to determine... Sample PDF
ICT and Language Learning at Secondary School
Chapter 7
David Barr
This chapter reports on the results of a study undertaken to gauge what difference computer technology makes to grammar learning. Unlike other... Sample PDF
Computer-Enhanced Grammar Teaching
Chapter 8
Luba V. Iskold
This study examines the effects of listening tasks performed by second-semester learners of Russian. Two video viewing conditions are investigated... Sample PDF
Research-Based Listening Tasks for Video Comprehension
Chapter 9
Linda Jones
This study addresses the views of 9 students on the amount of invested mental effort (Salomon, 1983a) needed to effectively process multimedia... Sample PDF
Invested Mental Effort in an Aural Multimedia Environment
Chapter 10
Kenneth Reeder, Jon Shapiro, Margaret Early, Maureen Kendrick, Jane Wakefield
This chapter describes the first year of research on the effectiveness of automated speech recognition (ASR) for ESL learners in the early school... Sample PDF
A Computer-Based Reading Tutor for Young Language Learners
Chapter 11
Eva Lindgren, Marie Stevenson, Kirk P.H. Sullivan
In this chapter an instructional format, Peer-Based Intervention (PBI) using computer keystroke logging is investigated as a computer technology to... Sample PDF
Supporting the Reflective Language Learner with Computer Keystroke Logging
Chapter 12
Jörg Roche, Julia Scheller
The present study is situated in the context of cognitive aspects of language processing as it focuses on the learning and teaching of grammar in... Sample PDF
Grammar Animations and Cognition
Chapter 13
Hazel Morton, Nancie Davidson, Mervyn Jack
This chapter describes the design of a speech interactive CALL program and its evaluation with end users. The program, SPELL (Spoken Electronic... Sample PDF
Evaluation of a Speech Interactive CALL System
Chapter 14
Maliwan Buranapatana, Felicia Zhang
This chapter reports on a study which evaluates the effect of a language teaching approach called the Somatically-Enhanced Approach (Zhang, 2006)in... Sample PDF
Pedagogy Meets Technology in the Somatically-Enhanced Approach
Chapter 15
Xinchun Wang
This study explores the effect of two training paradigms for learning Mandarin tones in pedagogical contexts. Eighteen beginning learners of Chinese... Sample PDF
Training for Learning Mandarin Tones
Chapter 16
Nattaya Puakpong
This chapter examines the effect of an individualized Computer-Enhanced Language Learning Listening Comprehension Program (MMExplore) on students’... Sample PDF
An Evaluation of a Listening Comprehension Program
Chapter 17
Terence C. Ahern
Authentic experiences encourage the student to cognitively engage the content by actively trying to make sense and to integrate the experience. This... Sample PDF
CMC for Language Acquisition
Chapter 18
Shannon Johnston
A task-based approach to e-mail provides a sound pedagogical orientation for real language interactions between learners and native speakers. The... Sample PDF
A Task-Based Design for Integrating E-Mail with FL Pedagogy
Chapter 19
Margarita Vinagre, Maria Lera
In this chapter we analyze the role that error correction plays in fostering language development via e-mail tandem exchanges. In order to do so, we... Sample PDF
The Role of Error Correction in Online Exchanges
Chapter 20
Stella K. Hadjistassou
This study reports on a culturally-transforming group activity using asynchronously-mediated forums on the “discussion board” of Blackboard Academic... Sample PDF
Emerging Feedback in Two Asynchronous ESL Writing Forums
Chapter 21
Martina Möllering, Markus Ritter
One key theme in the area of computer-assisted language learning has been the potential of computermediated communication (CMC) for the language... Sample PDF
CMC and Intercultural Learning
Chapter 22
Claudia Finkbeiner, Markus Knierim
Research on CALL environments that explicitly focuses on the development of strategic competence is almost non-existent. This chapter reports on an... Sample PDF
Developing L2 Strategic Competence Online
Chapter 23
Faridah Pawan, Senom T. Yalcin, Xiaojing Kou
This research is an exploratory study of student variables that mediate collaborative engagement in online discussions. More directly, the research... Sample PDF
Interventions and Student Factors in Collaboration
Chapter 24
Rolf Kreyer
Although corpus linguistic methods and research have had a considerable impact on language teaching in the last few decades, the corpus is still... Sample PDF
Corpora in the Classroom and Beyond
Chapter 25
Angela Chambers, Martin Wynne
Since the early 1990s, researchers have been investigating the effectiveness of corpora as a resource in language learning, mostly creating their... Sample PDF
Sharing Corpus Resources in Language Learning
Chapter 26
Terence Patrick Murphy
This chapter addresses the question of how to measure the student’s English as a second language (ESL) textual sophistication. It suggests that the... Sample PDF
The Texture of Inefficiently Self-Regulating ESL Systems
Chapter 27
Hayo Reinders, Noemí Lázaro
This chapter discusses the results of a study into the use of technology in the specific pedagogical setting of self-access centers. As part of the... Sample PDF
Technology in Support of Self-Access Pedagogy
Chapter 28
Stephen Alan Shucart, Tsutomu Mishina, Mamoru Takahashi, Tetsuya Enokizono
Unlike most CALL labs that are purchased from a vender and employ either generic or commercial CALL software and technologically untrained teachers... Sample PDF
The CALL Lab as a Facilitator for Autonomous Learning
Chapter 29
Junichi Azuma
This chapter describes how the synthesized English speech sound generated by a commercial TTS engine (Pentax “VoiceText”) is utilized within a CALL... Sample PDF
Applying TTS Technology to Foreign Language Teaching
Chapter 30
Yuko Kinoshita
This chapter presents a descriptive report on a video chat project undertaken in early 2006 at the University of Canberra, Australia using iChat.... Sample PDF
Using an Audio-Video Chat Program in Language Learning
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