Teachers Acquisition of CALL Expertise
Steven Sharp, University of Maryland, College Park, United States
IJCALLT Volume 1, Number 4, ISSN 2155-7098 Publisher: IGI Global
Research indicates that teachers need preparation in classroom based technology use, but teacher education programs do not prepare them. Nevertheless some teachers are effective with technology in language classrooms. In this paper, the author examines successes and challenges and documents how teachers succeed in developing their own expertise for technology use in language classrooms. Data collection included teacher interviews to discover successes or contradictions within the planning and implementation of technology in language classrooms. This study investigates how the choices that teachers make influence the way technology motivates student learning. These choices determine how successful they are in creating an environment free of technologically mediated contradictions. The author uses the cultural historical activity theory (CHAT) to examine the ways that teachers use technology to promote language learning. This study found that communities of practice influence how teachers can implement technology in language instruction.
Sharp, S. (2011). Teachers Acquisition of CALL Expertise. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 1(4), 1-16. IGI Global.