Teacher Education in CALL   

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Chapter 9. 
Developing Computer Competencies for Pre-Service Language Teachers: Is One Course Enough?

Martine Peters, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

Since September 2000, the Province of Quebec has been implementing curriculum reform at all levels of the educational system – primary, secondary, college and university. This reform required teachers to modify their ways of teaching, as well as develop new competencies, in order to apply the new curriculum among which is one that focuses on technology integration in the classroom. The purpose of this study was twofold: (1) to determine whether one technology course in a four year program was sufficient to develop technological competencies in pre-service teachers, (2) to examine whether pre-service teachers, after having followed a course on technology in the language classroom, would have positive attitudes towards technology in schools and would feel comfortable integrating technology in their future classes. Conclusions of this research propose suggestions on how to organize a program to include a technological component which would give students the technical and pedagogical competencies necessary to be ready for technology integration in the language class.

References available online

Benson, S.J. 2000. “Preparing prospective teachers for technology integration: Preparing tomorrow’s teachers today at NMSU”. Available at http://pt3.nmsu.edu/educ621/sharon1.html.

ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). 2000. National Educational Technology Standards. Available at http://cnets.iste.org.


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