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CALL and Web training with teacher self-empowerment: a departmental and long-term approach

Computers & Education Volume 31, Number 1, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


This paper examines the benefits of self-empowering, group in-service training (INSET). It incorporates evidence from several case studies. The training involves the teaching and practising of relevant skills, as a departmental group, in the evaluation, selection and use of various computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and Web materials. Prior assessment of the needs of individual teachers and those of the department as a whole inform subsequent targeting of the training content. These needs range from a self-confessed paucity of awareness of CALL materials among modern foreign language teachers to the effective use of multi-media authoring materials across the whole ability range. There is a description of a typical training session which reveals that there must be at least two facilitators offering expertise on the CALL materials being presented and practical teacher-training experience of the challenges teachers face within the classroom. The benefits of a model which supports team work and an educative process, and which holds a balance between theoretical issues and practical hands-on experience, is shown to be effective. The paper concludes with an evaluation of this form of INSET and proposes recommendations for further development and dissemination.


Murray, L. (1998). CALL and Web training with teacher self-empowerment: a departmental and long-term approach. Computers & Education, 31(1), 17-23. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved August 10, 2020 from .

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