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General information, list of site contents

The ICT4LT website is a collection of training modules in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for Language Teachers. It was initiated with funding provided in 1999-2000 by the European Commission and has been regularly updated ever since.

Contents: The Contents page contains descriptions of all the ICT4LT modules and resources. You can also use the Glossary, which not only contains definitions of ICT and CALL terminology but also serves as an index to the ICT4LT site. You can also search the entire site and blog by clicking on the Search ICT4LT button on the left-hand side of each page.

ICT4LT is not an accredited course, and you cannot register as a student, but feedback is welcomed and will be carefully considered as we continually revise the contents of the modules. Use our Feedback Form to contact us.

The ICT4LT site is managed with zero funding, so please do not approach us with requests for financial support. Access to the ICT4LT website is, however, free of charge to all visitors and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

The Editor-in-Chief of the ICT4LT website is Graham Davies, Emeritus Professor of Computer Assisted Language Learning.


Aims of the ICT4LT project

The main aim of the ICT4LT project was to provide Web-based training materials in ICT for teachers of Modern Foreign Languages, including English as a Foreign Language. It was also planned to develop the materials into an accredited online course, but the European Commission funding that we received in 1999-2000 to initiate the project to did not stretch this far. The materials are, however, still valid as a free resource for language teachers and teacher trainers.

The main target audience of the ICT4LT website is language teachers already in service, although parts of the website are suitable for teachers undergoing initial training and for teachers following short intensive courses. The ICT4LT website materials are also relevant to other occupations concerned with languages and communication. The ICT4LT website materials have been developed by practising language teachers with many years of experience in using a wide range of technological aids in language teaching. The approach is pedagogy-driven, and the emphasis is on language teaching methodologies that can be implemented successfully with the aid of new technologies. The modules include references to teaching concepts and methodologies that have emerged from new technologies. See the ICT4LT blog (December 2009): Technology v. pedagogy - lest we forget...

It is expected that visitors to the ICT4LT website already have qualifications that include a foreign language and a basic knowledge of ICT, i.e. including:

  • the basics of Windows XP or higher
  • word-processing
  • using a Web browser
  • using email software

See our ICT "can do" lists and Questionnaire, two resources that are designed to help teachers assess the development of their own ICT skills, experience and understanding and to analyse their own situation and their ICT training needs.


News and announcements

EUROCALL 2012 Conference, 22-25 August 2012
The EUROCALL 2012 conference will take place at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 22-25 August 2012. As in previous years, the conference will be covered in the EUROCALL blog, using CoveritLive windows for each day of the conference. EUROCALL now has Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, as well as a presence in Second Life.

Conference on Virtual Worlds, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, 16-17 December 2011
This conference was organised under the auspices of the CAMILLE Project in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the Polytechnic University of Valencia within the framework of EUROCALLís programme of regional events, in collaboration with the Inter-University Institute of Applied Modern Languages, supported by the Vice President for Research at the UPV Ministry of Science and Innovation, with sponsorship by Macmillan ELT. There were five invited guest speakers: Randall Sadler, Luisa Panichi, Heike Philp, Kristi Jauregi, and Graham Davies. The main target audience was local secondary school teachers of English, but a number of research students were also in attendance. Each day of the conference was divided into two parts: presentations by the guest speakers in the morning and hands-on workshops in the afternoon. See the ICT4LT blog.

DOTS (Developing Online Teaching Skills)
DOTS (Developing Online Teaching Skills): A free online course in ICT for language teachers, the result of a project funded by the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML). The course is delivered in English and in German via Moodle and covers Audacity, Audioconferencing, Blogs, Forums, Moodle, Podcasting, Quizzes, SurveyMonkey, Wikis, and YouTube.

SLanguages, 16-18 September 2011
The SLanguages 2011 online conference on language learning and teaching in virtual worlds took place on . Recordings of many of the sessions have been archived. Further information can be found in the AVALON Ning.

Teachers TV website: Regrettably, the UK government took the decision to close down the Teachers TV website on 29 April 2011, but all the Teachers TV videos are now available at the Teachers Media website.

Second Life
Graham Davies has written a set of step-by-step tutorial materials in Word format for Second Life, which can be downloaded from here: Introduction to the Second Life Viewer. The most recent version of the tutorial materials covers Version 3 (launched November 2011). See also Section 14.2.1, Module 1.5.

SAEL project
The ICT4LT site and its associated blog have been mentioned as as example of good practice at the website of SAEL (Sites d'Accompagnement pour les Enseignants de Langues), an EC-funded project that aims to facilitate the implementation of language policy recommendations with a view to improving the quality of language teaching in Europe. The project seeks to achieve this by promoting the creation of online support websites for language teachers to help keep them up-to-date with innovative approaches, resources and other information. See the ICT4LT blog (25 January 2010).


The ICT4LT blog

The ICT4LT blog can be found at: http://ictforlanguageteachers.blogspot.com

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Recent topics include:

... and many more, dating back to February 2007

See also Section 12, Module 1.5, where you will find information on numerous discussion lists, blogs, wikis and social networking sites relating to language learning and teaching.

If you wish to send the Editor of the ICT4LT site feedback or ask specific questions relating to ICT and language learning and teaching, use our online Feedback Form.


Other ICT training resources on the Web

There are numerous links to other ICT training resources on the Web throughout the ICT4LT site. Here are a few examples:

General introductory courses in Information and Communications Technology:

Teachers interested in implementing technology in the classroom may wish to enrol for an instructional technology online degree.

The Consultants-E offers an online course that leads to a Certificate in Teaching Languages with Technology.

There are many other online courses that are geared specifically to ICT and language teaching. For example, the British Council offers teachers of English as a Foreign Language a course in Learning Technologies for the Classroom, and Graham Davies maintains a list of online and face-to-face Courses in ICT for Language Teachers.

The BBC's WebWise learning materials are very useful for beginners. They cover the basics of using a computer and also include information on using the Web, email, social media, and safety and privacy issues.

For more experienced computer users, Russell Stannard has created an excellent set of Teacher Training Videos for a range of ICT applications.

DOTS (Developing Online Teaching Skills) is a free online course in ICT for language teachers, the result of a project funded by the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML). The course is delivered in English and in German via Moodle and covers:

  • Audacity,
  • Audioconferencing
  • Blogs
  • Forums
  • Moodle
  • Podcasting
  • Quizzes
  • SurveyMonkey
  • Wikis
  • YouTube

The Training Zone at the website Centre for Information on Language Teaching (CILT) offers continuing professional development materials for teachers of languages to students aged 14-19. The materials include a number of tutorials on using ICT.

web2practice: A set of video guides to help lecturers, researchers and administrators to get started with Web 2.0 technologies. Produced by Will Allen and Steve Boneham of Netskills with funding from the JISC Users & Innovation Programme. The following topics are covered:
  • Social media
  • Microblogging
  • Podcasting
  • RSS feeds
  • Collaborative writing


ICT "can do" lists and Questionnaire

ICT "can do" lists

A downloadable Word document, containing a set of "can do" lists, is available if you click here: ICT_Can_Do_Lists. The document is designed for:

  • trainers, to enable them to identify trainees' strengths and weaknesses in ICT;
  • language teachers undergoing training, to enable them to assess the development of their own ICT skills, experience and understanding.

This document covers selected generic applications (e.g. Word, browsers, email software, PowerPoint) and software applications that are particularly useful for language teachers. Under the heading for each application there is a range of essential tasks that the teacher should be able to carry out in order to feel comfortable working with the software - a so-called "can do" list.

Questionnaire

When we initiated this project we designed a Questionnaire for visitors to the website to help them to analyse their own situation and their ICT training needs. The questionnaire is still available here: Questionnaire. We are no longer gathering data about visitors to the ICT4LT website, but the questionnaire may help you identify your training needs. We are still interested in your views on the site: Feedback.


Monthly statistics of visits to the ICT4LT site

Site visits: requests for pages

The ICT4LT website was moved to a new hosting service at the beginning of February 2011. As a result, we now record visits to the site in a simplified and more accurate way. In April 2012 our website received a total of 11.035 visits and our blog was viewed 2,398 times.

Order of popularity of ICT4LT Web pages

These are our top 10 modules in order of their popularity last month:

  1. Module 1.5, Introduction to the Internet
  2. Module 1.4, Introduction to CALL
  3. Module 2.2, Introduction to multimedia CALL
  4. Module 2.4, Using concordance programs in the MFL classroom
  5. Module 1.2, Introduction to computer hardware and software
  6. Module 4.1, Computer Aided Assessment and language learning
  7. Module 1.1, Introduction to new technologies
  8. Module 3.5, Human Language Technologies
  9. Module 2.3 Exploiting World Wide Web resources online and offline
  10. Module 3.4, Corpus linguistics

Other resources

These are our top five resources in order of their popularity last month:

  1. Glossary of ICT terminology
  2. General guidelines on copyright
  3. Mark Warschauer, Computer Assisted Language Learning: an Introduction (1996)
  4. CALL software and website evaluation forms
  5. Resource centre

Countries of origin of our visitors since September 2008

   

The above table shows only unique visitors. There are many more repeat visits.


The ICT4LT project team

The original ICT4LT project team (1999-2000) consisted of eight individuals based in the following institutions:

  • Thames Valley University, UK: Hamid Momtahan, who was Project Coordinator, and Graham Davies, website Editor-in-Chief. Thames Valley University is now known as the University of West London.
  • University of Venice, Italy: Roberto Dolci, who was responsible for the Italian version of the website.
  • University of Jyväskylä, Finland: Peppi Taalas, who was responsible for the Finnish and Swedish versions of the website.
  • University of Hull, UK: June Thompson, who was responsible for needs analysis and dissemination in the higher education sector, and Fred Riley, who was responsible for the original website design.
  • CILT, UK: Eric Brown and Paul Davey, who were responsible for needs analysis and dissemination in the secondary education sector (11-18) and for printed publications.

The project was built upon a number of national and EC-funded projects which some members of the ICT4LT project team had successfully completed, in particular the New Technologies Sub-Group of the Thematic Network Project (TNP1) in the Area of Languages, which was initiated by the European Language Council.

The Italian, Finnish and Swedish language versions of the site have been removed as they have not been updated for several years. Only the English language version is now regularly updated by Graham Davies.


Bibliographical referencing: how to refer to ICT4LT

A number of people have written to us asking how they should present bibliographical references to the ICT4LT site. Hard-and-fast conventions regarding the bibliographical referencing of Web pages are only slowly emerging. This is what we recommend:

1. If you refer to the English-language version of the ICT4LT website in general you should reference it thus:

Davies G. (ed.) (2008) Information and Communications Technology for Language Teachers (ICT4LT), Slough, Thames Valley University [Online]. Available at: http://www.ict4lt.org [Accessed DD Month YYYY].

2. If you refer to a particular module at the ICT4LT website, e.g. Module 1.5, you should reference it thus:

Walker R., Hewer S. & Davies G. (2008) Introduction to the Internet. Module 1.5 in Davies G. (ed.) Information and Communications Technology for Language Teachers (ICT4LT), Slough, Thames Valley University [Online]. Available at: http://www.ict4lt.org/en/en_mod1-5.htm [Accessed DD Month YYYY].

The publication date of the printed versions of Modules 1.1 to 1.5 was 1999. Modules 2.1 to 3.5 were published in their printed versions in 2000. Module 4.1 has not been printed. The Web version of every module is updated at least once a month.

If you are citing the Web version of the ICT4LT site look for the revision date and information regarding copyright and bibliographical referencing at the bottom of each page. See our Copyright notice.


Feedback and blog

If you wish to send us feedback on any aspect of the ICT4LT website, use our online Feedback Form or visit the ICT4LT blog.

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The Feedback Form and a link to the ICT4LT blog can be found at the bottom of every page at the ICT4LT site.


Disclaimer

The ICT4LT website contains numerous links to external websites containing information that we consider relevant to ICT and language learning and teaching. Some of the external sites are managed by educational institutions and some are managed by commercial enterprises. We make every effort to check that the links to external sites function correctly and we also check that the contents of the sites to which we make the links are appropriate to the aims of the ICT4LT project, but we cannot ultimately be held responsible for the contents of external websites. We will remove immediately any links to sites that are found to contain inappropriate or offensive material or to sites that appear to be in breach of copyright. If you are a website owner that does not wish a link to your site to be made, please contact us and we will remove the link.


Copyright notice

If you download or print a copy of any material from the ICT4LT site, please pay due respect to copyright. See our General guidelines on copyright.

Please cite this Web page as:
Davies G. (2012) ICT4LT Homepage. In Davies G. (ed.) Information and Communications Technology for Language Teachers (ICT4LT), Slough, Thames Valley University [Online]. Available at: http://www.ict4lt.org/en/en_home.htm [Accessed DD Month YYYY].

Document last updated 5 May 2012. This page is maintained by Graham Davies.

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