Applying Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Principles to Business/Technology Teaching in English (BTTIE) for Asian International School Students

| January 2, 2008
Title
Applying Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Principles to Business/Technology Teaching in English (BTTIE) for Asian International School Students

Keywords: Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), Business and Technology Teaching in English (BTTIE), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), International Schools, Asian Students

Authors
David W. Deeds
Department of Computer Information Processing
Shingu College, Seongnam,
South Kore

Bio Data
David W. Deeds left the corporate world six years ago, where he worked as a knowledge management consultant. He’s been teaching computers, business and English to Chinese and Korean students in South Korea, since 2005.

Abstract
International educational institutions teaching all subjects in English, from elementary to graduate schools, are proliferating across Asia. Most if not all such organizations dictate that students pass their respectively required English proficiency tests as an admission requirement, however, the obligation for prerequisite and/or ongoing English instruction is generally understood, as learners will initially and/or eventually need additional language training to succeed and ultimately graduate. Many Asian educational institutions have collectively substantial experience/education re: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), but Business/Technology Teaching In English (BTTIE) represents relative terra incognita. Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) has proven to be extremely effective re: teaching English to Asian students, and applying the lessons learned or principles from this area to BTTIE should benefit Asian international school students equally well. A regular school that has codified principles for CALL for local/native learners should easily be able to adapt such guidelines for an international institution so that students continue to learn: English as a means to an end as well as an end in itself; how to use computers for language and other studies; adapting computer usage to work and life. This paper suggests that CALL principles can and should be applied to a BTTIE environment, from English per se to business/technology courses…to all classes.

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Category: Teaching Articles, Volume 25