NETWORKING LANGUAGE LEARNERS
University of Warsaw (POLAND)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN11 Proceedings
Publication year: 2011
Conference name: 3rd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2011
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:As computer assisted language learning is growing in popularity throughout the world, teachers and software designers are facing a new challenge of developing innovative solutions. A fully interactive virtual language learning environment is the project of the nearest future in Poland. One may wonder what “fully interactive” means here. Which platforms are designed to be totally interactive and which are not? The answer to these questions is quite obvious. Such environment should enable students to train all the language skills together with grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Moreover, the target language culture is equally as important as the language content. Above all, however such environment should remain highly intuitive for its users in order not to end up “killing” all the pleasure of language learning with technological complexity. In the article the author aims at presenting a detailed description of an environment which she is planning to establish in the nearest future. It is an e-learning project that still requires a great deal of critical analysis.
Keywords: Virtual learning environment, language learning environment, e-learning, second language learning.