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Education & Language | Information Technology in Languages for Specific Purposes - Issues and Prospects

Information Technology in Languages for Specific Purposes

Issues and Prospects

Series: Educational Linguistics, Vol. 7

Arnó Macià, Elisabet, Soler Cervera, Antonia, Rueda Ramos, Carmen (Eds.)

2006, XVII, 267 p.

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In the last years, we have witnessed significant advances in technology, which have not only changed our world but also become part of modern life. And like any other aspect of our lives, our work in the field of Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) has also been transformed by technology, especially by the use of computers in our daily tasks as teachers and researchers.

The purpose of this volume is to offer an overview of an ample variety of applications of IT in the field of LSP. It is addressed to a wide audience that includes LSP teachers and researchers, although the contents may also be relevant to applied linguists working in other fields. This book contains research studies as well as educational experiences and proposals, presented from different perspectives and backgrounds (both geographical and cultural), all of which are theoretically grounded and with a clear and sound rationale. Thus, the reader will find a variety of educational projects and research studies situated in specific educational contexts and in particular geographical locations. Although not intended for generalization, they are valuable technology-based educational solutions that offer new insight and reflections that will help readers create their own tools and carry out further research. For this reason, the book focuses on central topics that have awakened the interest of LSP professionals. In turn, this thematic selection has helped us organize the chapters into related sections covering the main areas of research and practice in the field.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Internet - Language Learning - Teaching English - computer science - computer-assisted language learning - e-learning - language - linguistics

Related subjects » Education & Language - Learning & Instruction - Linguistics

Table of contents / Sample pages 

The Role of Information Technology in Languages for Specific Purposes: Some Central Issues.- Corpus-Based Studies.- Corpus Linguistics and English for Academic Purposes.- Interaction in Academic Spoken English: The Use of ‘I’ and ‘You’ in the MICASE.- Exploring Epistemic Modality in Academic Discourse Using Corpora.- Computer-Mediated Communication.- Finding Common Ground in LSP: A Computer-Mediated Communication Project.- Uncovering Tasks and Texts - Teaching ESP Through Online Workshops.- The SMAIL Project. A Dialogic Approach to Computer-Assisted Language Learning for the LSP Classroom.- Specific Technology-Based Projects in Different Educational Settings.- Technology for Trust, Collaboration, and Autonomy Among Asian Students at the University Level.- Networking for Learning and Teaching English for Specific Purposes.- Technology and Learner Autonomy in Higher Education.- Learning English with Computers at University Level.- Using the Internet to Promote Autonomous Learning in ESP.- Integration of E-Learning into a Tertiary Educational Context.- Terminology and Lexis: Teaching and Translation.- The Development of a Computer Science Dictionary, or How to Help Translate the Untranslatable.- The Importance of Key Words for LSP.- Conclusions.- Information Technology in Languages for Specific Purposes: Prospects on a Brave New World.

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