Teacher Education in CALL   

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Chapter 10. 
Learning in Context: Situating Language Teacher Learning in CALL

Joy Egbert, Washington State University, USA

Traditionally most language teacher education programs have worked on the premise that teachers can learn during teacher preparation coursework what they need to in order to teach well, with limited opportunities for practice along the way, and then apply it in classrooms upon completion of their programs of study. Preparation in computer-assisted language learning (CALL), which is often a part of these programs, also occurs within the fairly isolated confines of the teacher education program. However, many teachers from these programs find themselves unprepared for the realities of language teaching and unprepared to challenge and transform institutional dynamics with technology. This chapter discusses two situated learning contexts—a Web-based CALL course and a case that deals with issues of CALL—to demonstrate the potential of situated learning for providing effective language teacher development in technology use.

References available online

Egbert, J., Paulus, T., and Nakamichi, Y. 2002. “The impact of CALL instruction on language classroom technology use: A foundation for rethinking CALL teacher education?” Language Learning and Technology 6 (3): 108-126. Available at http://llt.msu.edu/vol6num3/egbert/default.html.

Feiman-Nemser, S. and Remillard, J. 1995. “Perspectives on learning to teach”. In The Teacher Educator's Handbook: Building a Knowledge Base for the Preparation of Teachers, F. B. Murray (ed), 63-91. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers. Also available at http://ncrtl.msu.edu/http/ipapers/html/ip953.htm.

Harvard Business Cases Online. Available at http://harvardbusinessonline.hbsp.harvard.edu/b02/en/cases/cases_home.jhtml.

National Center for Research on Teacher Learning (NCRTL). 1994. Learning to Walk the Reform Talk: A Framework for Professional Development of Teachers. East Lansing: Michigan State University. Available on line: http://ncrtl.msu.edu/http/walk.pdf.


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