Sally Morrison, of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Language
and Linguistics, has just published two excellent pages
of information and links at the ERIC CLL site. The first,
Creating Web-Based Language Learning Activities,
gives a rich array of links to crucial starting places
on the Web for ESL teachers wishing to incorporate Internet
technology in their teaching. Here are Morrison's introductory
"The wealth of information provided on the Web affords language teachers and learners access to resources like never before. Online journals, listservs, newspapers, and magazines provide authentic material for language learners while the researching capabilities of the Web assist teachers in study and practice.
What makes the Web especially exciting as a resource for language teaching and learning is its possibilities for interactivity. Online language tutorials, exercises, and tests are available to anyone who has access to the Web. Web-based materials can be updated and distributed easily and quickly, and feedback for many activities is instantaneous."
For more of the report, go to the ERIC CLL page.
Morrison was particularly prolific last month, also writing
Second Language Teaching Methodologies overview. Her introduction:
"Language teaching came into its own as a profession in the last century. Central to this process was the emergence of the concept of methods of language teaching. The method concept in language teaching-the notion of a systematic set of teaching practices based on a particular theory of language and language learning-is a powerful one, and the quest for better methods preoccupied teachers and applied linguists throughout the 20th century. Howatt (1984) documents the history of changes in language teaching throughout history, up through the Direct Method in the 20th century. One of the most lasting legacies of the Direct Method has been the notion of method itself."
To read more and find good links, go to the ERIC CLL page.