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IT-literacy for language teachers: should it include computer programming?

Authors
Journal
System
0346-251X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
28
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0346-251x(99)00061-5
Keywords
  • It-Literacy
  • Programming
  • Authoring
  • Language Teachers As Programmers
  • Call
  • Materials Development
  • Teacher Training
  • Teacher Development
Disciplines
  • Computer Science
  • Design
  • Education
  • Linguistics

Abstract

Abstract This article examines some of the issues related to the information technology (IT) training of the language teachers in MA TEFL/TESOL courses and argues that teachers at this level should be trained not merely as consumers but as both consumers and producers of computer-based materials. The article focuses on the role of computer programming in MA courses and concludes that knowledge of programming is important for enabling language teachers to get involved in the design and development of computer-based materials and should be included as a part of the IT training for language teachers. It is concluded that there is a need for more specialised MA courses for language teaching that concentrate on various aspects of IT, including end-user programming, learning, instructional design and second language acquisition (SLA) theories.

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