Task-Oriented Internet Assisted English Teaching and Learning in Colleges

Task-Oriented Internet Assisted English Teaching and Learning in Colleges

Juwu Zhang (School of Foreign Studies, Xi'an University, Xi'an, China)
DOI: 10.4018/ijwltt.2014100102
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Abstract

Task-Oriented Internet Assisted English Teaching and Learning (TIAETL) is a new English teaching and learning model which integrates the Internet-assisted and task-oriented teaching. This article analyzed the worldwide tendency of English teaching and prerequisites for TIAETL in colleges. The TIAETL has the following advantages: student-centeredness, convenience and flexibility, communicativeness and applicability, informativeness, comprehensiveness and motivation. In the TIAETL, human factor, technology and facility factor, and internet activity determine the success of TIAETL. The commonly-used internet activities include browsing the Internet, emailing, chatting, blogging, and so on. In the form of accomplishing Net tasks, students develop their English listening, speaking, reading, writing, translation and raise crosscultural awareness through the Internet. Finally the article expounded the implementation of TIAETL in detail from the aspects of preparation, learning resources, task, time, check and evaluation. It's expected that this article arouses the interest in the researches on and practice of TIAETL in foreign language education and thus promotes English teaching and learning.
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2. Task-Oriented Internet Assisted English Teaching And Learning

2.1. Internet

the Internet, also referred to as the Net, is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to serve several billion users worldwide. It is a network that consists of millions of private, public, academic, business, and government networks, of local to global scope, which are linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless and optical networking technologies. the Internet carries an extensive range of information resources and services, such as the inter-linked hypertext documents of the World Wide Web (WWW), the infrastructure to support email, and peer-to-peer networks (retrieved from the Wiki Web). the Internet allows greater flexibility in working hours and location, especially with the spread of unmetered high-speed connections. the Internet can be accessed almost anywhere by numerous means, including through mobile internet devices. Mobile phones, datacards, handheld game consoles and cellular routers allow users to connect to the Internet wirelessly (George, 2006).

The Internet is an important medium that provides the potential for purposeful and powerful use of online communication in listening, speaking, reading, and writing (Warschauer, 2000). It’s estimated that 85% of electronically stored information in the world is in English, so surfing the Internet and searching for the social, economic, cultural, educational information on the Internet is itself a process of language learning and use. Therefore, the Internet can be considered as an ideal English learning and application tool.

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