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DOI:10.5593/SGEM2013/BE5.V2/S22.006

COMPUTER LANGUAGE LABORATORIES IN STUDYING SPECIAL ENGLISH

A. Lipaev, L. Alekseeva
Tuesday 6 August 2013 by Libadmin2013

References: 13th SGEM GeoConference on Ecology, Economics, Education And Legislation, www.sgem.org, SGEM2013 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-05-6 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 16-22, 2013, Vol. 2, 393 - 398 pp

ABSTRACT

The authors studied the nature of changes in teaching English at higher education institution with respect to introduction of e-learning and language teaching software. The use of e-learning has improved the quality of the learning experience. There are several different types of computer assisted language learning in class but we look upon it as two major types : Language learning using software, and language learning using internet. Each type of learning has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantages may include: 1) students can work at their own speed; 2) you can be sure the materials are written by expert and experienced professionals. Some of the disadvantages include: 1)there may be little interaction with other students; 2) the opportunities to speakEnglish in real situations is limited; 3) sometimes the courses can be expensive.
The language teachers have selected many sites that are very useful for learning English. In addition, they have made up a list of some useful English learning websites that can help for self-study (for both American and British English). When the institute purchased a Sanako language lab for English classes the English teachers were able to change considerably the way they teach and managed to implement a far more effective styles of teaching. The use of it is based on the need for individualized teaching. So as the students had an interesting lab program, they were able to work on their own without the assistance of the teacher but according to the approved plan, thus creating a “tutorial” system. Analysis of the list of factors relating to class use of ICT reveals a very positive attitude amongst the majority of the teachers to using ICT in their teaching. The majority (75%) of students also agreed that using ICT made their lessons more interesting, and 80% thought that ICT made their lessons more enjoyable.

Keywords: computer aided language learning, software, advantages, disadvantages