К вопросу о применении веб-среды VoiceThread в обучении иностранным языкам
The paper discusses some educational features of a modern media-sharing tool (VoiceThread) and highlights its pedagogical affordances in foreign language education.
The article reviews the benefits and some of the current challenges of using podcasting in foreign language teaching and learning. To illustrate the didactic value of podcasting, detailed examples of popular podcast sites for English language learners are provided within the framework of an existing classification. The author proposes a set of criteria for analysing and selecting podcasts to ensure their effective integration into the foreign language classroom.
The workshop series on NLP for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (NLP4CALL) is a meeting place for researchers working on the integration of Natural Language Processing and Speech technologies in CALL systems and exploring the theoretical and methodological issues arising in this connection. The papers in the proceedings volume from the third NLP4CALL workshop cover three main topic areas: resources for development of ICALL applications (e.g., learner corpora and coursebook corpora), tools and algorithms for the analysis of learner language (e.g., focusing on collocations, reading tasks, cloze items, pronunciation, spelling, level classification of learner production), and the generation of learning materials (e.g., exercise generators).
ля сопровождения и обеспечения учебного процесса на всех уровнях образования, а также профессиональной подготовки.
The paper reports on the results of a pilot study investigating the effects of a teacher-made website on Psychology majors’ foreign language acquisition. The author outlines the didactic opportunities, the principles, and the practical aspects of employing a teacher website to enhance students’ language proficiency and autonomy outside the language classroom (Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University).
The article discusses the didactic potential of computer-mediated communication (CMC) and the challenges of integrating CMC tools into foreign language education.
This article presents an approach to the automatic generation of open cloze exercises that are based on real-life English texts. The exercise format is similar to the open cloze test used in Cambridge certificate exams (FCE, CAE, CPE). Two experiments were conducted to evaluate the usefulness on the machine-generated exercises and compare them with authentic Cambridge tests. The experiments showed that the generation method used was quite effective. With some customization, the presented method can be applied to generating similar exercises based on texts written in other languages.
Although foreign language instruction has seen a big surge in the integration of technology-enhanced forms of delivery of knowledge and interaction, research focusing on the value of computer-mediated communication (CMC) in the language classroom has not been extensive and has not received wide coverage. This article examines and outlines general findings regarding the educational capacity, benefits and limitations of three major CMC tools (text-based chats, discussion boards and wikis) for enhancing foreign and second language acquisition processes. Some insights are offered into the importance of specific CMC tools for supporting the collaborative nature of learning and learner autonomy, fostering students’ reflection and critical thinking skills and affording higher motivational gains and engagement in the language learning process.
The paper describes the learner corpus composed of English essays written by native Russian speakers. REALEC (Russian Error-Annotated Learner English Corpus) is an error-annotated, available online corpus, now containing more than 200 thousand word tokens in almost 800 essays. It is one of the first Russian ESL corpora, dynamically developing and striving to improve both in size and in features offered to users. We describe our perspective on the corpus, data sources and tools used in compiling it. Elaborate self-made classification of learners’ errors types is thoroughly described. The paper also presents a pilot experiment on creating test sets for particular learners’ problems using corpus data.