Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) is a very cool course for me. I think it is useful tool that let me learn so much. The computers as tools – Online reference tools. I will apply it correctly in the future.
There are different types of dictionaries, including Bilingual dictionaries and Monolingual dictionaries. I use Google Dictionary the most often, because it is convenient. The next, I sometimes use Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, I feel its printed page make me comfortable.
When I am writing, I always have a little trouble with vocabulary or grammar. In English, certain words are often used together. Knowledge of collocations is vital for the competent use of a language. A grammatically correct sentence will stand out as ‘awkward’ if collocational preferences are violated. From now on, I have a lot of tools that I can choose to use. Among these tools, the CANDLE interests me. It can look up many special vocabularies in English or in Chinese. It solved all my problems.
By the way, Google syntax is important. We can use search operators and other punctuation to get more specific search results. If we don't think the punctuation will give us better results, we will see suggested results for that search without punctuation.
When the course proceeds to the section, I am excited about it. Because my listening ability is not good. I think ESL Podcast is an excellent learning resource, which can make my hearing ability be better. The ESL Podcast is systematic, which speak slowly first time and explain the phrase or the vocabulary. Then, it speaks the dialogue one more time. At this time, we can practice the dialogue again, and pay attention to the phrase or the vocabulary. I think I love this learning resource!
The Ted Talks is quite good except ESL Podcast. The Ted Talks has lots of topics include life, technology, news, etc. It can make us gather in many crops.
l Pronunciation & Speaking
English is not only writing, listening but also speaking. When we have a conversation to others, the pronunciation is much important.
My ET - It is a web-based program employing automatic speech analysis system (ASAS) to identify the words spoken into the recording device, and it can analyze the speech on pronunciation, pitch, timing and emphasis. It can practice the pronunciation, even make us converse better. And my pronunciation has improved.
Open Course Ware (OCW) is an educational initiative developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to make the core teaching materials for all MIT graduate and undergraduate classes available at no cost to Internet users around the world.
Before this course, I have not heard about any open course ware before. But I flip through the website, I found it is systematic. There are lots of kinds of topics that we can choose.
We can choose a topic of our interest. Also can choose what you want to include in the course. For example online textbook, lecture notes, video lecture etc.
Thank teacher, Sally. In this semester, I have learned a lot of online tools. I will change my language learning behavior that I will try to apply all the tools. Not anymore use the Google Dictionary.
The influence of this course is numerous.