Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) for the Unwired*
TESOL 2007


Claire Bradin Siskin

Note: In this context, “unwired” means “not connected to the Internet.”  It does not mean “wireless.”

Why am I doing this session?

Some English teachers and students..

have no access to the Internet.
have only slow Internet access.
have unreliable Internet.
have Internet access outside of school but not in school.
have only very limited Internet access in school.

Some English teachers think that if any of the above conditions are true, they can't use CALL.

How can you use CALL if you don’t have the Internet?

Just a few ideas:

Use word processing-based activities
Have students create materials with PowerPoint.
Get microphones, and have students record audio files.
Record audio files and create listening activities for your students.
Record audio files and create pronunciation activities for your students.
Record audio files and create dictations for your students.
Get webcams, and have students create short videos.
Record short videos for your students to watch and react to in a variety of ways.
Create exercises in Hot Potatoes.
Create activities with Quandary.
Create activities with a text reconstruction program.
Have students create multimedia kiosks, reports, portfolios, newsletters.
etc., etc.

Teaching Resources for the "Unwired:"

Word Processing-based Activities for a Language Class:
Hot Potatoes:
Free audio software:

Additional Resources:

Claire's home page:
CALL course:

"Energy Break" session at the 1007 TESOL Conference held in Seattle

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