Computer Literacy

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Teaching computer literacy
CHRIS CORBEL PAUL GRUBA

SERIES EDITOR DENISE E MURRAY TEACHING WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY SERIES

TEACHING COMPUTER LITERACY

Contents
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS SERIES INTRODUCTION
Published by the National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research Macquarie University, Sydney NSW 2109 for the AMEP Research Centre on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs Corbel, Chris, 1951- . Teaching computer literacy. Bibliography. ISBN 1 86408 755 2. Computer literacy – Study and teaching. 2. Language and languages – Computer-assisted instruction. I. Gruba, Paul. II. National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research (Australia). III.Title. (Series:Teaching with new technology series). 371.334

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INTRODUCTION CHAPTER ONE CHAPTER TWO CHAPTER THREE CHAPTER FOUR

Linking computer training and language learning Addressing learner needs Developing computer skills Integrating computers and the syllabus

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GLOSSARY OF COMPUTER TERMS BIBLIOGRAPHY

© Macquarie University 2004 The AMEP Research Centre is a consortium of the National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research (NCELTR) at Macquarie University in Sydney, and the National Institute for Education at La Trobe University in Melbourne.The Research Centre was established in January 2000 and is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs. Copyright This book is sold subject to the conditions that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, resold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser. All rights reserved. No parts of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher. Project Manager: Louise Melov Production Supervisor: Kris Clarke Design and DTP: Helen Lavery Cover design: Helen Lavery Printed by: Ligare Pty Ltd Contents iii

TEACHING COMPUTER LITERACY

TEACHING WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY SERIES

Acknowledgments
This book reports on research conducted collaboratively with specialist computer teachers at acl Pty Ltd and the authors.We thank the following teachers for so generously sharing their insights and contributions: Adele Collins Ali Baharlou Andy Pike Fiona Thurn Guy Noble Ian Brown Marina Sherbak Najia Haimd Rodolfo Cares Tim Lever Maree Derwent

Series introduction
Teaching with New Technology is a series that provides teachers with practical, research-based approaches to using computer technologies in their language classrooms. We have deliberately chosen to use the term ‘computer-based technologies’ to highlight the technologies where the computer is an obvious tool. Many other classroom tools and artefacts use digital technology, but they do not involve computers as machines in any obvious way. Such tools and artefacts include VCRs, mobile phones, clocks and language labs.These new computer-based technologies were initially taken up by teachers who had a passion for computer technology. Now that these technologies have been used in language education for almost two decades, many other teachers want to explore their use in their own classrooms. Language teachers are interested in using computerbased technologies both to facilitate language learning and to help their learners acquire the new literacies of the digital age (see, for example, Snyder 2002). In English language education in particular, teachers of immigrants and refugees realise they need to help their learners acquire computer skills since students are likely to take jobs that require familiarity with a range of digital literacies. In many countries where English is...
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