English is the dominant language of the Internet. A large proportion of the educational software produced in the world market is in English. For developing countries in the Asia-Pacific where English language proficiency is not high, this represents a serious barrier to maximizing the educational benefits of the World Wide Web.
Icts In Language Teaching:
Technology is in-built in language teaching. The latest technology available to the language teacher is the computer. Many examples of the use of ICTs can be introduced in language teaching. Here a few,
Composing documents and presentations
Information and communication
Speech Recoginition And Synthesis
Multimedia and languages
Skype or Voip Service
Web –Based Learning
The most common application of ICT in languages is word processing, to create, for example, letters and other documents. Ability to use a word processor is necessary in today’s society. Computer provides a better alternative for people using typewriters. There are clear advantages of using a word processor compared to the usual method of writing on paper or typing with a typewriter. Student should appreciate the use of a word processor and be encouraged to use it for most writing tasks.
Teachers can create cloze reading tests like
i.Texts with missing words
ii.Words missing punctuation
iii.Plural or tense endings
iv.Arranging a story in chronological order
v.Completing a story or
for students to complete.
Composing documents and presentations:
Students can be taught to compose documents and make presentations.They can use texts and graphics in their presentations. They should know to convert data into appropriate graphics presentations.They should be able to produce simple web pages with text and graphics.
Information and communication:
In an information society, Students can get information quickly from appropriate sources and they can exchage an information and collaborate speedily with others throughout the world. With the increasing use of the Internet, it is necessary that students have a clear but critical understanding of the possibilities of the World Wide Web. Students should know the various sources of information available to them and how to access these.There is considerable amount of information on the internet about writers and books; databases, reviews, opinions, and so on.This ready access will change the nature of language teaching because this information is so easy to access.
Speech Recoginition And Synthesis:
Students should be given the right software, so that they can compare their own pronunciations with those of a synthesized model, both orally and visually. Language laboratories are very useful in learning a foreign language.
Multimedia and languages:
Students can create their own multimedia software, to help in their learning of a foreign language. Thus Students can the language in a playful way. E-learning:
E-learning is defined as an interactive learning in which the learning content is available online and provides automatic feedback to the students learning activities. Online communication with real people may or may not be included, but the focus of e-learning is usually more on the learning content than on communication between learners and tutors. E-learning could be viewed as an Online descendant of computer– based training(CBT) and computer– aided instruction (CAI).
Goals and benefits of e-learning:
1. Improved performance:
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