Teacher Education in CALL
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Chapter 11. Training CALL Teachers Online
Christine Bauer-Ramazani, Saint Michael's College, USA
In designing a Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) course for online delivery, teacher trainers and teacher training programs need to consider a variety of criteria in order to insure the success of the course. This chapter discusses the example of the CALL Online course at Saint Michael’s College, which was transformed from an on-campus, face-to-face course to online or distance delivery in three phases. The author examines the main factor that has made it successful, namely the interactive, collaborative, and task- or project-based approach it takes to teaching and learning. The content and design elements of the course are outlined and examples of interaction, collaboration, as well as tasks and projects are given. Quotes from the learners shed light on the trials, tribulations, and successes in CALL Online. The author concludes by discussing some of the challenges of the course, offering possible solutions to them, and suggesting several alternative forms of online learning and teaching.
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