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Using Information Technology in the Learning and Teaching of English in Primary Schools
September 2003 - March 2004

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Session 1:
Promoting interactive English language learning through IT

As a beginning, tutor and helpers shall introduce themselves and look at the online facilities we can use to communicate with each other.
Discussion Forum

1.1 Brief introduction to the modes and approaches in IT supported English learning and teaching in the primary language classroom

Modes and approaches:
Task based learning - emphasis on using authentic material and situation in activity designs for a range of communicative purposes

Project based learning - emphasis on the "Experience", "knowledge" and "interpersonal" strands, which define the purposes of learning English.

IT as a tool to facilitate Interactive Learning What is IT..

"Using IT to Learn. Learning to Use IT - Promoting English Language Learning through IT at Primary Level" produced by English Section, Education Department (2001)

ED_Information Technology Skills (App 3). doc

Some ideas exemplifying how IT can be infused into the English Language Curriculum

1.2 Discussion on the effective learning and teaching strategies in an IT- supported English lesson to promote interactive learning

Focus on interactivity. What is it?
(Of people) communicate and work together. (Computing) allowing a continuous exchange of information between a computer and a user.

Rating the degree of interactivity among different kind of IT activities


Visit Primary School Webpages eg.

Group of 3 tour together and make up a list of ideas seen in sample sites. List out things that they appreciate and intrigue them. Explain why.

Focusing on English Language learning: Listening, speaking, reading, writing and related skills that will enhance the general ability. Eg. Vocabulary building, phonics, spelling, grammar, pronunciation, conversation, language arts and task-based learning. We shall look into different type of CALL packages at 1.4 and do a usability evaluation.

1.3 Principles of selecting software packages and Internet resources for the promotion of interactive learning and teaching of English

Evaluating CALL Packages (ppt)
Software evaluation checklists

1.4 Discussion on the issue of intellectual property for teachers and for pupils
About Intellectual Property

1.5 Browsing useful software packages and Internet resources and demonstration on using/adapting them to promote interactive learning and teaching of English


1. In groups of two or three, review of a couple of software packages
How would you like to use them in your lessons?

- http://www.amazon.co.uk/ (One of the good place to get review of International Educational software): At Welcome Page
At the upper part of the page, select "Software"
On the left part of the page, there is Browse column. Select either "Children's Fun and learning" or "Education and Reference". When you open it, you can browse.
Select any one software you imagine you will buy and look at the introduction.
Almost every product introduction comes with one or more piece of "Amazon.co.uk.Review"
The review (and other parts in the introduction) will help you think: is this a suitable software for my students? How much does it fit to the principles of selecting software that I have just learnt?

- Visit EMB ITERC's Educational Software Library. To have hands on feeling of more than 1000 titles.

Report to the class your evaluation on the software you were allocated today.

Evaluation for session 1

Things to do to prepare for the next Session.

1. To bring back / email to education@yuikee.com.hk a list of English Language Learning Software that your school has purchased and your brief comment on them.

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