Activities to Integrate Internet Usage in College Foreign Language Classes

By Barry Chametzky and Melanie Shaw.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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In the 21st century, the Internet is ubiquitous. Because of widespread availability of Internet access, foreign language educators can integrate exciting and authentic learning activities into classroom instruction. This web-enhanced instruction supports the learning needs of foreign language students. It can be challenging to decide how best to incorporate resources into the course to maximize instruction time. This paper allows for an analysis of several distributive and synchronous interactive communication technologies and how they may be integrated in a foreign language class.

Keywords: e-Learning, Internet Integration, Foreign Language, Teaching Strategies

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.13-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.520MB).

Barry Chametzky

Adjunct Instructor, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania, USA

Barry Chametzky is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. He holds an MA degree from the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, an MA in French from Middlebury College, and an M.Ed. in Foreign Language Education from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds certification in Pennsylvania for K-12 French teaching. Currently Mr. Chametzky is pursuing his doctorate in Education at Northcentral University. His areas of interest include online foreign language learning and Whole Language learning. Barry Chametzky has given several conference presentations dealing with foreign language learning and using fables to teach French. His book-length manuscript using fables to present grammar and culture is designed for public school and college instructors; it is not yet published.

Dr. Melanie Shaw

Faculty Mentor, School of Education, Northcentral University, Belleville, Illinois, USA

Melanie Shaw obtained an undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies and Music from Excelsior College in Albany, New York and a master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama. She also obtained a second master’s degree in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University. In August, 2006, Melanie completed a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Teaching from Northcentral University. She has a varied educational background and has worked in diverse pedagogical environments ranging from early childhood, multiage, general music, intermediate, middle school, special education, pull-out resource, and specialist classrooms in the states and overseas in Germany. She is also an alternatively certified teacher.