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Query:   Web-based computer-aided language learning
Author:  Rodrik Wade
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Language Acquisition

Summary:   A few weeks ago I posted a request for information about Web-based
computer-aided language learning. I received very prompt and helpful
responses from a number of people. As promised, here is a summary of
the information I received:

Lynne Roecklein <lynne@cc.gifu-u.ac.jp> mentioned the NETEACH mailing
list as a resource and sent a long list of sites that are using the
Web for language teaching purposes:

SPECIFIC ESL SITES (for instructors and students)

Internet TESL Journal http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/
iTs online http://its-online.com/index.html
ESL Virtual Catalogue: http://www.pvp.com/esl.htm
EFL Magazine: http://www.u-net.com/eflweb/
List of Educational MOOs: http://www.speakeasy.org/~pscs/moo.html
TESL-EJ Online: http://violet.berkeley.edu/~cwp/TESL-EJ/
U. of Tx Comp Writing/Rsch Lab: http://www.en.utexas.edu/

SPECIFIC ESL SITES (for students)
Helsinki University of Tech: http://www.hut.fi/~rvilmi/Project/
Frizzy University Network: http://thecity.sfsu.edu/~funweb
ESL Home Page: http://granny.lang.uiuc.edu/r-li5/esl/
Dave's ESL Cafe on the Net: http://www.eslcafe.com
English for the Internet: http://www.study.com/
The Virtual Eng Lang Center: http://www.comenius.com/
LinguaCenter Home Page: http://deil.lang.uiuc.edu/
Linguistic Funland TESL:
LinguaCenter Search Engine: http://deil.lang.uiuc.edu/web.page

Lotoshko Yurij Rostislavovic <lotofil@tversu.ac.ru> pointed me to a
web-based course on Russian Phonetics:


Claus-Dieter Pusch <pusch@mail.uni-freiburg.de> provided the URL of a
web page designed for self-teaching of Catalan:

According to Brian Nolan <bnolan@iol.ie> the Centre for Language and
Communication Studies in Trinity College Dublin is working on
Web-based language teaching. Their URL is:


Suzanne Kemmer <kemmer@ruf.rice.edu> put me in touch with Michael
Barlow <barlow@ruf.rice.edu> who in turn provided the URL of the
Web-CT project which I found particularly interesting. Web-CT is a
web-based course development tool that includes a range of tools such
as record keeping, self-evaluation and testing, on-line chat etc. The
home page is at: http://homebrew.cs.ubc.ca/webct/

Dave Pollard <D.J.Pollard@aston.ac.uk> has produced a JavaScript-based
quiz that can be easily modified. The relevant URLs are:


Jens S. Larsen <jens@cphling.dk> mentioned an Esperanto course in
Swedish that makes interesting use of the Web:


Stuart Robinson <Stuart.Robinson@anu.edu.au> provider a pointer to a
site for learning Portuguese:


Thanks once again to all those who responded to my request.

Rodrik Wade <wade@mtb.und.ac.za> Phone: +27 (0)31 260 2617
Web Page: http://www.und.ac.za/und/ling/wade.html
Postal Address: Dept. of Linguistics, Univ. of Natal,
Priv. Bag X10, DALBRIDGE 4014, S. Africa

LL Issue: 8.669
Date Posted: 06-May-1997
Original Query: Read original query


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