Brave New Digital Classroom, Enhanced Ebook Edition

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ISBN: 9781626160293 ()

ISBN: 9781626160293

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December 2013


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Brave New Digital Classroom, Enhanced Ebook Edition
Technology and Foreign Language Learning
Second Edition
Robert J. Blake
Foreword by Claire Kramsch

Brave New Digital Classroom examines the most effective ways to utilize technology in language learning. The author deftly interweaves the latest results of pedagogical research with descriptions of the most successful computer-assisted language learning (CALL) projects to show how to implement technology in the foreign-language curriculum to assist the second language acquisition process. Directed at elementary to postsecondary language teachers, the book is ideal for graduate-level courses on pedagogy and an invaluable reference for experienced researchers, CALL developers, and administrators.

This new enhanced ebook edition features the full text plus eight videos, including three talks by the author; an interview with Claire Kramsch on using the internet to teach culture; Phil Hubbard on criteria for evaluating CALL software; Rick Kern discussing telecollaboration and CMC exchanges with two students; Gabriel Guillén on tandem learning and social networks; and Paul Rama on games and gaming.

Robert J. Blake is director of the UC Consortium for Language Learning and Teaching, professor of Spanish and classics, and chair, Designated Emphasis in Second Language Acquisition, at the University of California, Davis.

"A practical, useful and seemingly modest introduction to the use of computer technology in the foreign language classroom . . . . It states clearly and urgently what the stakes are: either teachers embrace the new language learning technologies and integrate them in a new pedagogy or they will not only deprive themselves of the enormous benefits afforded by CALL, CMC, distance learning, social networking and language games, but they will be increasingly out of touch with their own students, who are by now wired, networked, and computer savvy. However, in every chapter we are reminded that the technology is not a panacea in itself. It urgently needs the teacher to harness it properly if it is to help learners achieve the ultimate goal of foreign language learning: becoming bilingual."—From the Foreword by Claire Kramsch

Table of Contents
Foreword: Claire Kramsch

1. Second Language Acquisition, Language Teaching, and Technology
Video 1.1 The Enhanced Ebook Content: An Introduction by Robert J. Blake

2. Web Pages in Service of L2 Learning
Video 2.1 Using the Internet to Teach Culture: An Interview with Claire Kramsch

3. CALL and Its Evaluation: Programs and Apps
Video 3.1 Criteria for Evaluating CALL Software: A Talk by Phil Hubbard

4. Computer-Mediated Communication
Video 4.1 Telecollaboration and CMC Exchanges: A Discussion Led by Rick Kern

5. Theory in Practice: Putting It All Together
Video 5.1 Constructing Task-Based Activities for Language Learners: A Talk by Robert J. Blake

6. Distance Learning for Languages
Video 6.1 Distance Learning: A Talk by Robert J. Blake

7. Social Networking and L2 Learning
Video 7.1 Tandem Learning, Autonomous Learning, and the Rise of Social Networks: An Interview with Gabriel Guillén

8. Homo Ludens: Games for Language Learning
Video 8.1 Using Games and Gaming to Teach Languages: A Talk by Paul Rama