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Graham Davies

Is there anybody out there?

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So far the Modern Foreign Languages section seems a bit dead. There are a number of burning issues relating to the teaching and learning of languages. Can we get things moving? The use of ICT is just one issue. A wide range of ICT topics are covered at the ICT4LT site, and you will find the heading "Discussion topic" scattered throughout the texts at the site: http://www.ict4lt.org

I would welcome feedback on any of the ICT issues that are raised there.

I have written a few articles that might spark off a few debates:

1997: "Lessons from the past, lessons for the future: 20 years of CALL". In Korsvold A-K. & Rüschoff B. (eds.) New technologies in language learning and teaching, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France. The full text (regularly updated) is on the Web at: http://www.camsoftpartners.co.uk/coegdd1.htm

1997: (with Yu Hong Wei) "Do grammar checkers work?". In Kohn J., Rüschoff B. & Wolff D. (eds.) New horizons in CALL: proceedings of EUROCALL 96, Dániel Berzsenyi College, Szombathely, Hungary. The full text is on the Web at:

http://www.camsoftpartners.co.uk/euro96b.htm

2001: "Doing it on the Web", Language Learning Journal (ALL) 24: 34-35. Also at: http://www.camsoftpartners.co.uk/DoingIt.htm

2002: "ICT and modern foreign languages: learning opportunities and training needs". An updated and abridged version of this article appears in Scottish Languages Review 8, June 2003, Scottish CILT: http://www.scilt.stir.ac.uk/SLR/index.htm

2003 "Computer Assisted Language Learning: Where are we now and where are we going?". Web article at the NESTA FutureLab site: http://www.nestafuturelab.org/viewpoint/learn23.htm

2004 ICT and Modern Languages in the National Curriculum: some personal views: http://www.camsoftpartners.co.uk/ictmfl.htm

Have a look too at the debate on the UK's National Literacy Strategy (NLS) in the English section of this Forum. The NLS has caused a bit of a rift between English and MFL teachers in the UK regarding approaches to teaching grammar and the metalanguage used in describing grammar.

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I'll be in Austria from 12 March to 21 March, attending a planning meeting for the EUROCALL 2004 conference that will take place in Vienna in September, followed by a week's skiing in St Johann in Tirol - the snow looks great! I may log in from my hotel's Internet Corner if I can stay off the Glühwein and Schnaps.

Website of EUROCALL 2004: http://www.e-lisa.at/eurocall/

St Johann in Tirol: http://www.st.johann.tirol.at

The Hotel Park (my favourite Austrian hotel): http://www.park.at

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Sorry - maybe it would help to establish whether everyone on here is also on Linguanet? I sometimes think of threads to start but then they get brought up in Linguanet and wonder if it's worth doing it again...

But I'll start a thread and see what happens...

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Kerry, I guess you know that I also I contribute a lot to Linguanet - it's a lively forum:

http://www.mailbase.org.uk/lists/linguanet-forum

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