Components of a CALL Teacher Training Workshop
A 2-day teacher training workshop in computer-assisted language learning (CALL) designed for teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) is described. Program objectives included the following: awareness of computer uses consistent with current principles of second language learning; direct experience with computers, emphasizing what can go wrong, and why; teacher acquaintance with effective software for the machines available to them; provision of guidelines for software evaluation; and participant awareness of sources of information in CALL. The workshop begins with a discussion of the role of computers in ESL and of software types. The bulk of the program is devoted to laboratory exploration of specific software, including courseware, word processing and text construction programs, games and simulations, and desktop publishing. A list of references and sources for individual programs is included, and a classification for software and guidelines for software review are appended. (MSE)
Baltra, A. Components of a CALL Teacher Training Workshop.