This page offers a list of mainly online resources, and I try to keep the links updated regularly. I apologise if you find that I have missed some. Throughout, the abbreviation CMC LLT stands for Computer-Mediated Communication for Language Learning and Teaching.
|Contents1.Blogs and personal pages
2.Information centres or portal
|8.Tools and practical support: free|
|9.Tools and practical support: pay-to-use|
|10.MOOs and virtual worlds11. Wikis|
1. Blogs and personal pages
A generic (rather than languages-oriented) blog run by students at Umeå University, ‘a place where the humanities, cultural studies and modern information and media technology can meet and work together.’
This blog is related to the ICT4LT online resource for teachers
Robert O’Dowd’s personal page
All sorts of resources in online language learning, and international telecollaboration projects. See in particular the excellent‘Useful links’ at the bottom of Robert’s page.
Therese Örnberg-Berglund’s multitasking blog
Therese Örnberg’s friendly blog discusses her research on virtuality and conversational multitasking. Some of the material is in English, some in Swedish.
Vance Stevens’ personal page
Vance Stevens, an ESL teacher, provides many relevant links for teachers and learners.
Anna Vetter’s personal page (in French)
An experienced distance tutor for languages, Anna shares many of her techniques and sites on this useful URL:
2.Information centres or portals
Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR)
This portal, based at Michigan State University, promotes the teaching and learning of foreign languages in the United States. It covers face-to-face activities, as well as web-based ones.
Computer Assisted Assessment Centre
This website is the outcome of a now completed TLTP (European) project. Some of the links may not be maintained, but it still contains many valuable resources and links to bibliographies, articles and other related web sites.
December Communications Inc. is a web-based communications company offering online publications related to Internet use, reference, development and understanding. Hundreds of links to CMC (rather than CMC LLT) information and the blogosphere.
Contains a list of e-learning portals in German.
Dossier (in French) on online collaborative learning; more generic than languages-focused.
Edulinks: telelernen und internet in der lehre
A non-commercial portal with articles, links, books, conferences and software related to online learning in tertiary contexts.
Ethics of human research
This is the site (in French) of a project by researchers into corpora of spoken interactions. Its pages on questions juridiques offer much food for thought on participants’ rights and data anonymisation.
Navigating Research Ethics
Roger (2007). An open-access PdF document by the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University about ethics and power in educational research.
The open-access Open University page on research ethics, providing links to a number of guideline documentation for human participant research.
European-funded project (in French, Italian, Castilian Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese) on mutual comprehension among speakers of the Romance languages. Reports on interactive sessions between these speakers, and lists of research articles.
Goethe-Institut page including links to online material for German teachers as well as to chat rooms, fora and email contacts for learners of German.
Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
UK-funded portal on the innovative use of information and communications technology to support ‘e-learning’, ‘e-research’ and ‘e-resources’ education and research. Generic rather than languages-specific.
Intute: arts and humanities
UK-based free online service providing access to the web resources for education and research. Generic rather than languages-specific.
National Foreign Language Resource Center
This Hawaii-based portal draws foreign language teaching, applied linguistics and L2 acquisition to support projects that focus primarily on the less commonly taught languages of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. Free, but the site also gives access to materials that can be bought online. Covers both face-to-face and online.
Online Collaborative Learning in HE
Website run by Central Queensland University, with a range of resources on collaborative learning. Not languages-specific.
Online QDA (Qualitative Data Analysis)
Site with training materials for using computerised qualitative research methods. Useful annotations and glossary. Many links to proprietary tools.
Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies
The UK Subject Centre’s website lists events, links, papers, materials and other resources under the keyword ‘Computer-Mediated Communications (CMC)’ and ‘Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)’.
An online community of practice for teachers and learners of English. The focus is on Web 2.0 and computer-mediated communication. The site offers links, resources, online training, etc., and activities for students include ‘Writing for Webheads’ (e.g. synchronous text chat at Tapped In every Sunday). Teachers can join one of the ‘Becoming a Webhead’ workshops.
Many of these are only accessible to subscribers of pay-to-view journals. A free annotated bibliography, with older references and therefore of more historical than practical interest is :
Computer-Mediated Communication in Foreign Language Education: An Annotated Bibliography
4. Online books (open access)
European-funded online resource on CALL and CMC LLT for teachers in secondary and higher education.
Theory and Practice of Online Learning
Anderson and Elloumi’s 2004 free access book is published under a Creative Commons licence which allows you to read, print and share the contents freely (barring a few clearly spelt out restrictions). It covers four areas in CMC LLT for learning (most of it applicable to languages): ‘Role and Function of Theory in Online Education Development and Delivery’; ‘Infrastructure and Support for Content Development’; ‘Design and Development of Online Courses’; ‘Delivery, Quality Control, and Student Support of Online Courses’.
5. Online journals
Journals with CMC LLT interest
ALSIC (open access)
Apprentissage des Langues et Systèmes d’Information et de Communication is the French journal for CMC LLT.
Computer Assisted Language Learning (pay to view)
Intercontinental interdisciplinary journal covering all matters associated with the use of computers in language learning (L1 and L2), teaching and testing.
JALTCALL (open access)
All areas within the field of computer-assisted language learning, including teaching ideas and suggestions from teachers’ personal experiences.
Language Learning and Technology (open access)
USA-based , the most widely quoted international journal in CALL and CMC LLT.
PaC (open access)
Professional support of CALL-CMC LLT for language teaches throughout the Pacific region, from North, East and Southeast Asia, to Oceania, and the coastal countries of the Americas. Focus on action research.
ReCALL (pay to view)
The main journal in European CALL and CMC LLT.
System (pay to view)
Applications of technology and applied linguistics to foreign language teaching and learning, including EFL. Gives priority to theoretically based work.
The CALICO Journal (pay to view)
USA-based. Devoted to research and discussion on technology and language learning.
Journals with general CMC and educational technology interest
AJET (open access)
The Australasian Journal of Educational Technology publishes research and review articles in educational technology, instructional design, educational applications of computer technologies, educational telecommunications and related areas.
ALT-J (pay to view)
The Association for Learning Technology’s international tri-annual, peer-reviewed journal devoted to research and good practice in the use of learning technologies within tertiary education.
British Journal of Educational Technology (pay to view)
Covers developments in educational technology world-wide in the fields of education, training and information technology.
Computers and Education (pay to view)
Welcomes articles on computer-mediated communication, cooperative and collaborative learning, country-specific developments, cross-cultural projects, distance education and telelearning, distributed learning environments.
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (pay to view full text)
Aims to describe original work in asynchronous learning networks (ALN), including experimental results.
STICEF (open access)
Sciences et Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication pour l’Éducation et la Formation: a major French-language journal for computer environments and human learning (i.e. computer-assisted learning and CMC).
The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (open access)
Interdiciplinary journal devoted to CMC scholarship.
The Journal of Interactive Online Learning (open access)
Interdisciplinary journal of theory, research, and practice in interactive online learning.
6. Online newsletters
THOT (some open access content)
Newsletter (in French) for distance education and training.
7. Professional organisations
Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium
European Association for Language Testing and Assessment
European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning
The Special Interest Group discussion group on CMC LLT is open (for some of its discussions) to non-members of EuroCALL:
International Association for Language Learning Technology
The Japan Association for Language Education and Technology
8.Tools and practical support: free
American Evaluation Association
Lots of evaluations of software for qualitative analysis. Free trial downloads of all products evaluated.
CLAPI (partly open access)
In French. Research site ‘Corpus de Langues Parlées en Interaction’, run by researchers looking into interaction corpora. Audio and video extracts are available, both ‘everyday’ and educational. Useful for teaching speaking (possible use as examples of conversational stategies) or as a model for structuring one’s own recorded corpora.
Tool for annotating audio and video recordings.
ooVoo free videocalling software.
To record sessions, for example for research, a small fee is payable.
Designed for semantic classification and keyword extraction, Tropes software is very easy to use and can help with the content analysis of interaction logs, self-report accounts or open-ended questionnaire responses.
http://www.acetic.fr/ (French site, giving access to English, German, Spanish , Italian and Portuguese versions)
University of Liège website
In French. A site on technology-based research methods and ethnomethodology. http://analyses.ishs.ulg.ac.be/logiciels/panorama.html
University College London’s Technology Research website
A series of simple templates for different types of dissemination articles drawn up by writers for the journal ALT-J, to help prepare for publishing work in the field of learning technologies, including case study, experiment, survey, etc.
Utah University OpenCourseWare
An undergraduate course, ‘Understanding Online Interaction’, is available free on this site. Easy, chatty style, it covers a range of systems, including games sites and includes assignments that repay if you spend a little time trying them out.
Web Style Guide
An online version of a widely used web style guide, useful for designing CMC LLT materials. It looks systematically at process, interface design, site and page design, typography, graphics and multimedia.
Reinhard Donath: Englischunterricht in der Informationsgesellschaft
Useful tips for teachers, concentrates on English but also contains information on German as a foreign language and French.
The tandem server at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum brings together by e-mail or other media learners who wish to set up pairs for learning each other’s languages. The service is free.
9. Tools and practical support: pay-to-use
Tool for qualitative research able to handle multiple media. Developed in 1993 as part of a project at the Technical University Berlin. East Asian languages are supported. Claims to be easy to learn. Has an unlimited time download demo online.
Reading (UK) University’s statistical services centre package.
Learning Activity Management System is a visual authoring environment tool for designing technology-enabled course models, series of activities and lesson plans. LAMS also allows you to deliver courses to groups of students.
Tool for ethnographic research. The website has a page of very clear screen-shots, letting you see how easy the procedures are. The webpage on the demo version does not reveal the extent of the work that can be done, but asks you to fill in a form saying whether you wish to receive marketing information.
Possibly the best known of qualitative analysis packages. Handles vast quantities of data. Supports Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. Free 30-day download. A pdf explanatory brochure can be downloaded too but has no step-by-step procedure screenshots (hence better to download the free 30-page Guide to Getting Started). Watch out for regular updates.
Statistics for the Terrified
As its name indicates, this site offers products with an appeal to those not experienced in quantitative analysis.
Transana audio and video analysis software (pay to use – but
10. MOOs and virtual worlds
MOOs for language learning
A text-based MOO for learning Spanish.
A text-based MOO for learning English.
A text-based MOO for learning French.
Graphical virtual worlds
Active Worlds (partly open access)
An avatar-based virtual world, which offers teachers and educators the Active Worlds Educational Universe (licence needed).
Free virtual world.
A three-dimensional virtual world with a growing number of members. It is becoming increasingly popular for educational use.
A wiki community for teaching yourself a foreign language and helping others along the way. It hopes to bring together language students, instructors and native speakers from all over the world.
Mark Pegrum’s Wiki
Enormous amount of links and material, including on education in Web 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0
(Resource base created by MN Lamy and R hampel)