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23 July 2008


Recording of this session


This morning (it's 8:00 a.m. in Lisbon, Portugal, and 5:00 p.m. in Yakutsk, Siberia) I will be telling you about the CALL Lessons  my students and I carry out with the collaboration of English teachers all over the world. Next year it may be some of you!


CALL means Computer-Assisted Language Learning, but this is a limited acronym, because we use a computer, a video projector, a white screen, an Internet connection (cable or wireless, whichever is working faster) and... different Web 2.0 communication tools.


Today I'll be showing you exactly what I showed Larissa last April in New York City.


I'm very proud to say that this curricular blog, CALL Lessons 2005-2007, is an award-winning blog. In December 2007 it received the European Union international "e-Learning Awards 2007", Gold Prize in the category of "School of the Future". I was in Brussels, Belgium to receive the award together with 12 other colleagues-finalists from Iceland to Israel. It was extremely exciting!


Enough talk for now! Let's get directly to what I'm here for!!!


Objectives of a curricular blog

  • learn English in a fun and motivating way
  • improve basic skills in the FL in different ways from the traditional classroom
  • carry out blended learning (a compromise between the f2f class and the online class) to generate motivation and participation of all students
  • have students work collaboratively in the construction of their knowledge and become co-responsible for their learning process
  • develop learner autonomy
  • acquire and/or develop computer skills and e-literacy



Web 2.0 tools  or "social software" used

  • a blog to generate interaction through the comments feature
  • podcasts or .mp3 audio files downloadable to any computer or mp3 player
  • a voiceboard to send audio messages
  • image tools to create short animated movies with text and image (Zimmertwins) and to show students' art work (Bubbleshare)
  • maps (Clustr, Frappr, Google) to keep track of the wherabouts of our visitors and friends



  • a 45-minute blended lesson every two weeks linked or not to the curriculum (time constraints to fulfill the curriculum do not allow for more time)
  • have a lesson plan with objectives, activities and resources
  • constantly involve the students orally and/or in writing
  • show end products published online before class ends



  • a computer, an Internet connection (cable or wireless), a video projector and speakers


Rules of the game

  • speak English as much as possible during class
  • always write classwork and comments in English
  • identify yourself in each comment: first name and class (Pedro, 5A)



  • very seldom: prefer to have students do activities hands on and enjoy the "magic" of these tools/"toys" for learning without worrying about a grade


Examples of CALL lessons


Advantages of blogs in language learning

  • global communication through text and voice
  • interactivity generated by the "Comments" feature
  • self-publishing: the students are owners and publishers of their content
  • empowerment of students: part of the learning process is in their hands



The use of blogs in language learning generates:

  • the global classroom: opening of the classroom to the world
  • interaction with a real audience from the real world to carry out real tasks using language of the real world
  • co-responsibility of the students for their learning process
  • broadening of horizons: linguistic, social, geographic and cultural
  • creation of social and educational networks
  • possibility of reaching out to different learning styles and intelligences


My other "CALL Lessons" blogs


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