Using the Internet for Language Learning

It seems not so long ago that for most students around the world, the main way of learning English as a foreign language consisted of their teacher and textbooks. Today, the Internet fulfills most of the teachers’ and students’ needs. In this course, we will look at how we can best use the Internet to improve our teaching of English as well as offer practice in experimenting with programs and technologies to help the learner.

The objective of the course is not to just expose the participants to the wealth of resources available on the Internet, but also to critically evaluate the usefulness of the materials and activities. We will use open tools whereby teachers can input their own information. We will examine the pedagogies for employing online learning in English teaching. The material will be taught by means of task-based learning.

Unit I: Finding and selecting ESL websites

  • The pedagogy of online learning
  • Using and evaluating EFL websites
  • Open and closed tasks

Unit II: Collaborative learning and collaborative tools

  • What are the advantages of collaborative tools for language learning?
  • Mind mapping as a collaborative tools

Unit III: Improving listening comprehension skills

  • Podcasts
  • Music clips

Unit IV: Improving writing skills and vocabulary

  • Collaborative writing projects – Wiki
  • Blogging
  • Glogster
  • Online vocabulary improving help

Unit V: Improving reading skills

  • Using newspapers for teaching

Unit VI: Improving speaking skills

  • Podcasts
  • Making videos
  • Larimer, R. & Shleicher, L. (Eds.). (2001). New ways in using authentic materials in the classroom. Alexandria: TESOL.

  • Reich, J. Reich, J Daccord, T. (2008) Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology, M.E.Sharpe

  • Richardson, W. (2010) Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, Corwin Press

  • Simmons, C. & Hawkins, C. (2009). Teaching ICT. Sage Publications

  • Vrasidas, C. Glass, G.V. (2005) Preparing Teachers to Teach with Technology (Current Perspectives on Applied Information Technologies) IAP – Information Age Publishing

Teachers, Teacher educators.

  • Computer and internet skills.

Dr ​Elaine Hoter

Dr Hoter received her doctorate from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, in 2001 in the field of online learning in teacher education. She is a senior lecturer at Talpiot college of Technology. She taught the first online course in Israel in 1995 English through the Internet and co-chaired the first online conference for teacher educators. Elaine is a Fulbright scholar and co-founder of the Center for Technology and Multiculturalism. She has led workshops in South Africa and Rome to help teachers integrate technology into the field of Jewish studies.


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