ICT as an instrument for foreign language teaching: methodologies and practical

Il CILTA – Centro Interfacoltà di Linguistica Teorica e Applicata “L. Heilmann” – organizza per il prossimo mese di Giugno 2006 un Corso per  insegnanti di lingua straniera dal titolo: “ICT as an instrument for  foreign language teaching: methodologies and practical application”

L’iniziativa che è stata inserita nel database europeo qui con il codice IT-2006-073.

Gli insegnanti europei, ma non italiani, interessati al Corso potranno  ottenere una borsa per la copertura delle spese di iscrizione, vitto ed  alloggio, fino ad un massimo di 1.500 euro.

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ICT as an instrument for foreign language teaching: methodologies and practical application”

Cilta is proposing for the Summer 2006 an advanced in-training course focusing on the international context of didactical Web technologies and aimed at providing teachers instruments and tools for the acquisition of an autonomous role within the teaching-learning process, and in particular within the process of courseware production. With this objective, during the Course students will be asked to create their own teaching project: the multimedia content produced by the trainees will be collected on individual Web sites for a presentation to the class.

The structure of the Course, developed over a two week period, will allow a more theoretical approach during the first week and a more practical approach during the second week: after an introduction focusing on the ICT issues related to language teaching, and after an in-depth analysis of methodological and technical aspects related to the use of media, the module will offer lab activities and teaching practice



June 19th – June 30th


1st day – Monday

9.00 – Welcome greeting at CILTA. Introduction to the Course, presentation of the participants and discussion of their expectations based upon collection of online questionnaires.

– A “getting-to-know-you” session:  pair or group discussion of one or two statements on methodology.

– Showtime: FIRST school video clips, ALTAIR tests video clips. Feedback.

11.00 Coffee Break.

11.30 Theoretical background, bibliographical reference. Distribution of course material.

– What does Web technology offer the language teacher: an overview and online demo’s. Web content – web services – server and client – database technology.


2nd day – Tuesday

9.00 – “On-line resources for the development of lexical skills: lexical skills: dictionaries and concordance programs”.

11.00 Coffee Break.

11.30 – “The implementation of multimedia in teaching”. Internet in Class: practical, technological and methodological problems. Objectives and pedagogical strategies.


3rd day – Wednesday

9.00 – Songs in Teaching and Learning English: a Multimedia Approach”. Where learning approaches acquisition: songs and computers in the classroom.

11.00 Coffee Break.

11.30 – “Digital Rights issues”: educational licences and Creative Commons.


4th day – Thursday

9.00 – ”Basic notions for the production and the use of audio resources on the Internet”.

– Audio; digitalization; compression; audio, player and plug-in formats; streaming.

– The acquisition of audio signals and conversion into numeric formats; most important audio formats, Compression, Players and Plug-ins.

11.00 Coffee break.

11.30 – Streaming, Media production tools, Examples of Quicktime media production.


On Thursday afternoon, the lab and a tutor will be available from 15 to 17.30 for trainees
5th day – Friday

9.00 – “The development and integration of audio resources for multimedia language learning on-line”.  Audio editing and media production; multimedia and interactivity; creating and disseminating listening activities on the web: context, motivation, selection of resources.

11.00 Coffee break.

11.30 – Captioning and transcription software.

– Practical session with audio editing and media production.

– Demo and problem-solving session.


On Friday afternoon, the lab and a tutor will be available from 15 to 17.30 for trainees


6th day – Saturday

Guided tour; cultural itinerary.


7th day – Sunday

Free day.


8th day – Monday

9.00/13.00 – Introduction to CILTA tutors.

– Presentation of CILTA’s multimedia projects and technological tools for students: ALTAIR, Webclass, ProjectPad…

– Questions, doubts, group feedback session, etc…


9th day – Tuesday

9.00/13.00 – Identification of a common project: A Web site integrating multimedia resources; Selection of an individual project; Division of participants into working groups; Identification of a tutor for each working group.

– Media retrieval from copyright-free (copyleft) sites.

– Digital media and personal creativity.

– Sources of audio materials for language teaching. Autonomous media production: tools and skills.


10th day – Wednesday

9.00/13.00 – The day will be dedicated to the realization of a presentation and to the autonomous elaboration of the materials.

– Free practice in the labs, with the presence and assistance of a CILTA tutor, with the teaching material introduced during the Course.


11th day – Thursday

9.00/13.00 – Improvement and conclusion of individually produced materials.

– Opening of the presentation of the single projects: Groups A and B.


12th day – Friday

9.00/13.00 – Class presentation of the single projects realized during the Course: Groups B and C.

– Critical evaluation of the Course.

– Goodbyes.



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