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    EFFECTIVE USE OF THE INTERNET IN LANGUAGE TEACHING: WHAT & HOW 20 - 24 August 2001, Amsterdam International summer course, organised by The
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      EFFECTIVE USE OF THE INTERNET IN LANGUAGE TEACHING:
      WHAT & HOW
      20 - 24 August 2001, Amsterdam

      International summer course, organised by The Amsterdam-Maastricht
      Summer University in co-operation with the Graduate School of
      Teaching and Learning (ILO), Universiteit van Amsterdam.

      Further information & how to apply: please contact Justine Smithuis
      at The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University, tel. +31 (0)20
      6200225. See also www.amsu.edu.

      INTRODUCTION
      The Internet is bringing about a revolution in the educational field,
      similar to the impact of book printing at the end of the Middle Ages,
      according to many. While it is true that computers are still
      expensive and not always easy to use, it won't be long before the
      price and user-friendliness of hardware and software will be
      comparable to that of cassette-recorders, a good example of a
      technology that has radically changed language teaching and language
      learning.

      In this course the possibilities that the Internet offers to language
      teachers will be examined, always keeping in mind under what
      circumstances these possibilities can be effectively used in
      classroom practice. How can you find useful information on the WWW?
      How can e-mail and chatting be used to improve the fluency of your
      pupils? In which ways can you use websites for interesting language
      activities? How can you create your own language exercises with free
      software? The focus will not be on the technology itself, but on its
      implications and added value for language teaching. If you cannot
      teach in a state-of-the-art computerlab, if your pupils cannot work
      online, you can still take advantage of the Internet for your
      classroom practice: one computer with an Internet connection is
      enough to get plenty of web-based materials for your lessons.

      The idea of this course is "learning by doing": every day
      there will be workshop sessions. Participants will be actively
      involved and will develop - alone or in small groups - language
      activities and exercises for use in their lessons.

      APPLICANT PROFILE
      This course is intended for newly qualified and practising foreign
      language teachers interested in the possibilities of the Internet for
      their classroom practice. A basic knowledge of computers is
      necessary: participants should at least be familiar with Windows (or
      Mac) platforms and word-processors.

      CAPACITY
      30 participants

      LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
      English

      LOCATION
      This course will be held in the building of the Graduate School of
      Teaching and Learning, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Wibautstraat 2-4,
      in the city centre.

      FEE
      NLG 1400 (Euro 635,29), including lunches and free access to the
      cultural evening programme of The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer
      University.

      APPLICATION
      Applicants should submit their completed application form as soon as
      possible, and not later than 29 June, to The Amsterdam-Maastricht
      Summer University,
      P.O. Box 53066, 1007 RB Amsterdam, The Netherlands,
      F +31 (0)20 6249368.
      A limited number of scholarships may be available for participants
      from certain countries. Please check our website www.amsu.edu or
      contact the course co-ordinator at The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer
      University for more information. If you qualify for a scholarship and
      wish to apply, send a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and a
      letter of recommendation along with your application form. Please
      note that all materials should be written in English.

      REGISTRATION
      Participants are expected to register for the course on Sunday 19
      August from 15.00 to 17.00 at the Felix Meritis building,
      Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam. At 17.00 The Amsterdam-Maastricht
      Summer University will offer a welcoming drink to the participants
      and trainers.


      P R O G R A M M E

      MONDAY 20 AUGUST
      14.00 Welcome and introduction
      14.30 A first look
      - General information about the Internet
      - Multimedia, hypertext, hypermedia
      - Search engines (I): what & how
      17.00 Summary of today's session

      TUESDAY 21 AUGUST
      09.30 Finding and using websites
      - Search engines (II): using the Internet as a corpus
      - Using text and pictures from websites for language activities
      13.00 Lunch
      14.00 Websites with `ready to use' activities for language
      teaching
      - Examination and evaluation of websites
      - Possibilities for use in the classroom practice
      17.00 Summary of today's session

      WEDNESDAY 22 AUGUST
      09.30 Use of web-based authentic materials
      - Examples of use of websites for language activities
      - WebQuest: a pedagogical model for the use of websites in language
      activities
      13.00 Lunch
      14.00 Create your own activity
      - Create one or more activities with web-based materials for the
      language you teach
      - Presentation of the activities to the group
      17.00 Summary of today's session

      THURSDAY 23 AUGUST
      09.30 Web-based CALL-programs
      - General introduction: the principles of CALL-programs
      - Freeware software for language teaching: how to work with Hot
      Potatoes
      13.00 Lunch
      14.00 Create your own language exercises
      - Create two or more exercises for the language you teach
      - Presentation of the exercises to the group
      17.00 Summary of today's session

      FRIDAY 24 AUGUST
      09.30 Synchronous and asynchronous communication
      - Use of e-mail in foreign language teaching
      - Use of programs for synchronous communication in foreign language
      teaching: chatting, audio and video conferencing, programs for
      virtual reality (MOOs)
      13.00 Lunch
      14.00 E-mail projects
      - Evaluation and design of e-mail projects
      16.00 Seminar wrap-up and evaluation


      COURSE LEADERS

      ALESSANDRA CORDA has been working at the Faculty of Arts of the
      University of Leiden, the Netherlands since 1996 as co-ordinator for
      CALL-projects. She is particularly interested in the use of the
      Internet for foreign language teaching and has published and given
      seminars on this subject. Born and raised in Italy, she received a
      degree in Classics and General Linguistics from the University of
      Turin. In 1988 she moved to the Netherlands, where she worked as a
      teacher of Italian and as a lexicographer in a computer-based
      lexicographic project of the Department of Italian of the University
      of Amsterdam.

      BRIGITTA HORVÁTH was born in Hungary and received her degree in
      English Language and Literature from the University of Veszprém,
      Hungary. She teaches Applied Linguistics, Applied Sociolinguistics
      and Applied Psycholinguistics to would-be teachers of English and
      German at the University of Veszprém. She is also working on her
      Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at the University of Pécs. Among her
      special interests are teaching languages with the help of modern
      technology and sign language research.

      All course leaders are also involved in the European project
      International Modules in ICT and Language Learning, providing modules
      for language teachers. The materials of this course have been
      developed and trialled during this project.

      CO-ORDINATION
      Ton Koet (Graduate School of Teaching and Learning, Universiteit van
      Amsterdam)
      Justine Smithuis (The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University),
      T +31 (0)20 6200225, F +31 (0)20 6249368, E justine@...,
      www.amsu.edu.
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