Culture-Based Language Learning ObjectsL A CALL Approach for a Ubiquitous World

Culture-Based Language Learning ObjectsL A CALL Approach for a Ubiquitous World

Niki Lambropoulos (Centre of Interactive Systems Engineering, London, South Bank University, UK), Martha Christopoulou (University of Surrey, UK) and Kosmas Vlachos (University of the Aegean, Greece)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-750-8.ch002
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Abstract

This chapter presents culture-based language-learning objects (CLLOs) in computer-assisted language learning (CALL), supported by user-centered interaction design.CLLOs’ design has been drawn on (a) social constructivist pedagogical theories, (b)self-organised strategies in social contexts, and (c) Scandura’s structural analysis andGange’s instructional events.This chapter discusses culture-based language-learningprinciples and the rationale on which the construction and use of CLLOs are foundedon. It also makes suggestions about the ways CLLOs can be constructed by second/foreign language (L2) teachers. A CLLO example was designed and presented for thecontext of the Greek Diaspora in the United Kingdom (UK). Furthermore, this chapterintroduces the combination of norm-based and culture-based language learning inCALL, the grey zone as the distance between second and foreign language learning,the open nature in Learning Objects with the use of forums or chats. Lastly, it suggestsCLLOs networks use in the age of ubiquitous computing.

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