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Exploring the potential of improving language learning and teaching by combining the digital lab and the latest IT and web-based resources

CLAD, LDU (2009) Exploring the potential of improving language learning and teaching by combining the digital lab and the latest IT and web-based resources. Project Report. University of Birmingham, Birmingham. (Unpublished)

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Identification Number/DOI: HIST047

Abstract

The assumption was that the availability of a series of voice tools would be the ideal extension of the development of e-learning and independent learning material on WebCT.

This has certainly happened: with the new Wimba voice tools, students can complete listening, speaking and pronunciation tasks out of the classroom, can send and receive voice e-mails, can work with webpages with audio clips added to them and can record their work on these webpages, they can down load podcasted audio material for listening exercises. This tools allow the students to practise these skills independently at a distance and also actively in class, as the recording procedure is very easy. They also allow tutors to create material and activities that are not only read or written on WebCT. The single interface has been well received both by students and tutors, who find it easy and intuitive to use. The technology used is familiar to students and this encourages them to use it. Finally, it has allowed students much needed additional oral practice.

Type of Work:Monograph (Project Report)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Humanities
Department:School of Humanities
Additional Information:

The original papers that comprise this project are stored at Centre for Learning and Academic Development (CLAD), University of Birmingham. Please contact CLAD using the email address cladprojects@contacts.bham.ac.uk for any further information.

Series/Collection Name:Education Enhancement Projects
Keywords:voice, tools, e-learning, independent learning, WebCT, Wimba, voice tools, listening, speaking, pronunciation, webpages, podcast, audio material, single interface, technology tools, audio clips, leap,
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Funders:LDU LEaP
Copyright Status:This project report is copyright of the author and the University of Birmingham. Any use made of information contained in this project must be acknowledged. Further distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder.
Copyright Holders:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1606

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