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Computer assisted second language learning
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Human-Computer Interaction.
2005 (English)In: Open and Distance Education and Education Technology, ISSN 1790-3254, Vol. 1, no 2, 74-97 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To teach Greek and to teach in Greek are two different things. Children who learn Greek as a second/foreign language are expected to manage both conditions simultaneously. That is, to learn the language as well as all the curriculum taught in this language: history, geography, religion, science etc. Compared to their classmates, who are native speakers, these children have to work double as hard to keep up with the rest of the class. Different approaches have been applied in recent years to facilitate second language acquisition in elementary schools all over the world. Pioneers in the field of education have argued that educators must find stimulating methods to mobilize their students’ intelligences in order to achieve their pedagogical goals. Based on the indisputable assumption that children today are enveloped by the world of high-tech media and that computer games can be highly addictive, educators can borrow from the entertainment industry and create engaging and successful gateways to learning. In the appealing environment of the “virtual classroom” and with the appropriate “mind tool” at hand, both learning of a second language and learning in that second language can be effectively enhanced. Based on psychological research on language and learning we will discuss different ways to use certain ICT (Information and Communication Technology) systems in Greek language education and to create a home language environment at distance. Our main hypothesis is that learning and using Greek presupposes real activities in a Greek language environment and that information technology systems have the ability to create such an environment. The paper describes a number of computer assisted project-based lessons on second language learning and presents their theoretical background.

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2005. Vol. 1, no 2, 74-97 p.
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informationsteknologi, kommunikationsteknologi, utbildning, lärande, distansutbildning, språk, modersmål, tvåspråkighet, användbarhet; information technology, communication technology, education, learning, distance education, language, mother tongue, bilingualism, usability
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Computer Science Psychology Pedagogy Language Technology (Computational Linguistics) Language Technology (Computational Linguistics) General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-78276OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-78276DiVA: diva2:106189
Available from: 2007-09-17 Created: 2007-09-17 Last updated: 2009-12-29Bibliographically approved

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