Academic journal article Language, Learning & Technology

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Academic journal article Language, Learning & Technology

From the Editors

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Welcome to the 7th volume of Language Learning & Technology! We are pleased to bring you four articles examining CALL tasks and programs, two in secondary schools and two in universities. In "Crossing Boundaries: Multimedia Technology and Pedagogical Innovation in a High School Class," Susan Parks, Diane Huot, Josiane Hamers, and France H.-Lemmonier consider a Quebec secondary school program which uses computer technology in project-based teaching. They examine the relationship of teachers' pedagogical beliefs to their use of the technology and its position in a larger socio-cultural context. Rosanne Greenfield ("Collaborative E-Mail Exchange for Teaching Secondary ESL: A Case Study in Hong Kong") discusses a qualitative study of the attitudinal responses of secondary school students who participated in an e-mail exchange with native English speakers in the US. Barbara Hanna and Juliana de Nooy look at French-learning students' participation in online discussion groups with native speakers in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: Electronic Discussion and Foreign Language Learning" and how students' successful participation is related to cultural knowledge. And, in "Designing Task-Based CALL to Promote Interaction: En busca de Esmeraldas," Marta Gonzalez-Lloret reports on the effectiveness of one CALL activity in facilitating comprehension through communication and negotiation by Spanish language learners. The activity was created based on Doughty and Long's (2002) principles of language teaching and Chapelle's (1998) proposals for developing multimedia. …

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