CALL Teacher Education: Language Teachers and Technology by Simone Torsani

By Simone Torsani

Name instructor schooling is a pragmatic source for instructor running shoes who're approximately to house the difficult and intriguing job of getting ready language lecturers to combine know-how into their daily expert perform. As learn yields effects that convey the forged and starting to be strength of expertise for language schooling, laptop Assisted Language studying has turn into a slightly universal topic in instructor education programmes around the globe. in response to the author's event in instructor schooling, the current ebook goals at supplying running shoes with thorough methodological foundations and functional knowing to layout and enforce potent name classes. to accomplish this aim, the quantity collects and harmonises the various assets that represent the base-knowledge of name instructor schooling and steadily leads the reader from concept all the way down to perform. the amount, the 1st monograph in this topic, deals a finished evaluate of name instructor schooling, either as a tutorial self-discipline and as a tradition ambit, and explores between others the subsequent issues: • the connection among expertise and language studying; • the combination of know-how into language schooling; • Theoretical foundations of name instructor education; • Frameworks and criteria for name schooling; • techniques and methods; • name education systems; • Curriculum layout.

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Such a relationship is, in a way, a founding one, and thence requires an in depth analysis; that is to say, a description aimed at understanding the inner mechanisms of this sector; a concrete and effective analysis of CALL can only be based on such an analysis. 15 CHAPTER 1 NOTES The title of the book is, in fact, CALL Dimensions, Options and issues in Computer Assisted Language Learning. 2 These three types of activity are summed up in Carol Chapelle’s well-known work (2001) by the acronym CASLA, that is to say, Computer Applications in Second Language Acquisition which is also the volume’s title.

24 1996 can be seen as a watershed year in the diffusion of technology as it witnessed a full boom in the sale of computers: in the last decade of the twentieth century, the number of active computers in the world rose five-fold, from just over 100 millions in 1990 to 550 million in 2000, a growing trend which was interrupted only in the second decade of the twenty-first century, with the diffusion of mobile devices Botti (2006). 25 See Levy (1997) and Chapelle (2001), this theme, however, is absent in Levy and Stockwell (2006), Beatty (2010) and Blake (2013).

E. integration, changes:34 at first technologies were somehow put aside, but then they were able to regain a role in language teaching. 5 RESEARCH THEMES Just by glancing at this sector we can see a multifarious overview, which needs explaining in order to understand its complex character. The categories which follow are not precise, nor do they exhaust the richness of research, but they intend to give a brief overview of the themes in the literature. This topic is also of interest to trainee teachers, who might ignore the breadth of CALL research and the themes they could deal with.

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