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Chapter 14. 
Designing and Implementing Collaborative Internet Projects in Siberia

Larissa Olesova, Yakutsk State University, Russia, and Christine Foster Meloni, George Washington University and Northern Virginia Community College, USA

The Internet has been a boon to foreign language teachers because it can unite language learners in any country with native speakers anywhere in the world. In order to utilize computer technology effectively for pedagogical purposes, teachers need to have appropriate training. Those in isolated or less developed regions of the world need additional training that reflects the circumstances in their particular setting. This chapter focuses on the CALL training of English language teachers in a very remote area, Yakutia, Siberia. The teacher training course described here can serve as a model for trainers in regions with similar challenges. The course, an in-service CALL course entitled "Teaching with Technology: Designing and Implementing CALL Projects," was created taking into consideration specific economic, climatic, political, and educational factors. The 20-hour course consists of both the theoretical and practical training of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers and is divided into three parts: Computer Basics, Internet Applications, and Collaborative Internet Projects in EFL. The authors explain the course design, report the results of two pilot courses, and conclude with a description of the course’s introduction into the curriculum of Yakutsk State University.

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