Teacher Education in CALL   

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Chapter 7. 
When the Technology Course is Required

Volker Hegelheimer, Iowa State University, USA

It is not unusual for computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and technology courses to be offered in M.A. TESOL and foreign language M.A. programs as electives, effectively treating the courses as add-ons rather than integral parts of current teacher training even though technology is considered to play a central role in language teaching today.  The focus of this chapter is to outline a novel approach at a Midwestern research university where a technology course in an M.A. curriculum was designed to give technology an appropriate degree of emphasis relative to the other courses.  The rationale for the course dealing with the use of computers in second language teaching is described, the contents and the approach of the course and its relationship to other graduate courses is outlined, and its impact on the students is presented.  

References available online

Doughty, C. and Long, M. 2003. “Optimal psycholinguistic environments for distance foreign language learning”. Language Learning & Technology 7 (3): 50-80. Available at http://llt.msu.edu/vol7num3/doughty/default.html.

Egbert, J., Paulus,T., and Nakamichi, Y., 2002. “The impact of CALL instruction on classroom computer use: A foundation for rethinking technology in teacher education”. Language Learning and Technology. 6 (3): 108-126. Available at http://llt.msu.edu/vol6num3/egbert/default.html.

Get in the Driver’s Seat. Available at www.tesl.iastate.edu/510/F03/wbtubackup/wbtu.htm.


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