TESOL '99 Internet Fair
A student-centered web-based Computer-assisted
Language Learning (CALL) course
for teachers of English as a Second Language
Web site address (URL):
Karl Sklar, Graduate Student
Saint Michael's College
Purpose/use of web site:
The web site is the core element of the graduate
GSL520: Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) course at Saint Michael's College.
Current and future ESL teachers showcase their research, lessons, web site reviews,
software reviews, and multimedia applications in CALL. The site, therefore, becomes the
students site, a record of their creativity and interaction with the technology.
During the course of the semester, the students are exposed a variety of presentation and
communication techniques and learn about current hardware, software, computer
applications, and web site technologies in the process.
Organization of the web site:
The site uses frames to facilitate navigation. Links to Saint Michael's College as well
as the contents of the course (Course
Home Page, Course Information, Course-related Resources, and Course Topics) remain accessible, while the selected hyperlinks open up in the main window.
The Course Home Page includes a photo of the course participants and a link to the
students final projectMultimedia presentations
in the form of a lesson. As these presentations include spreadsheets and
interactive/animated PowerPoint slideshows with incorporated sound, scanned-in photos or
text, they take 1-2 minutes to load. However, the pronunciation, grammar, listening,
reading, and writing lessons are worth the wait.
The Course Information link opens up the usual course elements--Course
Description and Prerequisites, Texts and Materials,
Course Requirements, Evaluation,
the Course Schedule with hands-on assignments and
links to on-line articles, and Lesson Plan Format, a
basic guide to the necessary elements of an ESL lesson.
Course-related Resources hyperlinks to an on-line, interactive Student
Information Form, the GSL520 Discussion Forum,
a type of web board for posting interesting links, reactions to assigned articles, and
reactions to the instructors or classmates comments. In addition, the site
includes a large directory of Useful Links to TESL/CALL Resources.
The sites main page is the Course
Topics page, which links to the 5 main
segments of the course: Word Processing and Desktop Publishing,
E-mail and MOOs, Using the
Internet in Teaching ESL, Using Software in Teaching
ESL, and Using Concordancing in Teaching ESL.
Each of these segments includes links to the students presentations and discussions
of research on technology in ESL teaching as well as the actual lessons which utilize
technology for teaching ESL. In-depth web site and software reviews can also be found in
the segments dealing with the Internet and Software. In addition, the
How Tos on this page provide instructions necessary for completing
assignments and using specific applications, such as PowerPoint for creating
interactive/animated slideshow presentations, FrontPage for developing a web page,
NetMeeting for online audio or text-based chats, whiteboard, collaborating, sharing