2019 Spring: 四技通識選修_Computer Assisted Language Learning

A tentative syllabus
科目名稱: 電腦輔助英語學習 (Computer Assisted Language Learning) 授課教師: 賴淑麗 Shu-li (Sally) Lai
授課班級: 通識選修 學分/時數: 2/2
Email: shulilai@gmail.com Time/Location: Wednesday (15:25 to 17:10)  Language Lab (2)
研究室: 承曦樓 904 (by appointment) Course webiste: https://www.shulilai.idv.tw
A variety of online materials (audio files, video clips, reading texts, freeware), to be announced.
Overview of the course
This course aims to increase students’ understanding of computer assisted language learning. Students will get familiar with the language resources on the Internet, including websites and freeware, and learn how to use these resources to improve their English skills. Learning strategies will be demonstrated through tasks in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and vocabulary practice. Class activities include lectures, group/class discussion, online discussion, and class presentation.
該課程無須買課本, 教材全部是線上免費資源.
每週會介紹1-2個國外線上經典的網站, 包含精進單字量, 訓練聽力, 閱讀能11力, 口說能力, 寫作能力的線上資源. 也會介紹輕鬆但好用的資源如聽歌學英語, 線上卡通, 線上遊戲, 線上英文聊天機器人網站. 如果對外國名校課程有興趣, 這門課會推薦大家熱門的開放課程入口網站(opencourseware), 引導大家註冊使用, 讓同學不用繳交昂貴的學費, 就可以在台灣透過網路免費修習國外課程.
本課程豐富有趣, 修完此課程, 同學們未來將有能力有效利用網路英語資源,吸收新知, 加強自我英文能力, 並能利用該資源解決英語相關問題,終身受用.
Grading Policy
Weekly Assignments: 60% Reflection Paper: 20% Group Presentation: 20%
Course Requirements

  1. Be in class on time.
  2. If you have to miss a class for an unavoidable reason (e.g., sick leave, injury, family emergency), please contact me in person or email me in advance.No late assignments or make-up tests.
  3. Please switch your mobile phone to silent mode during class time. Unless it’s used for dictionary look up or for information searching, please don’t use your mobile phone during class time.
  4. Group Presentation: You’ll be forming into several groups. Each group will have to prepare a powerpoint presentation base on the assigned materials and answer the questions your classmates raise if any (20 minutes).

Bloglist (new)

Group Project

Date Content Activities and Tools Assignments
2/20 1. Orientation
2. Background Questionnaire
2/27 1. Background Questionnaire
2. Create your blog (link)
3. An overview of CALL:An introduction to computer assisted language learning, by Phil Hubbard (Unit1).

– What is a blog? (link)
-Blogging – What is it and why is it popular? (link)

 Assignment 1: Greetings!
Say hi and introduce yourself to us here. At least 80 words. (3/4 due)
e.g. your major, your interests, your hometown, your goal, etc.
***Late assignment will NOT be graded.
2. Review the article: An overview of CALL. (Unit1)
3. Preview the article CALL and Language Skills (Unit 4) Print out the handout (pdf).
3/6 Internet & Vocabulary 1
How to use dictionaries effectively?
1. Bilingual Dictionary
(A) Yahoo Kimo Online Dictionary
(B) Google Translate
2. Learners’ Dictionary
(A) Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Dictionary (LDOCD)
(B) Oxford Advanced American Dictionary
(C) Cambridge Advanced Learners’ Dictionary
3. Dictionary for native speakers
(A) Dictionary.com
Assignment 2: Learners’ Dictionary
Read the article Apple needed a kick in the pants. Samsung just delivered it from CNN news (2/23/2019). (3/11 due)
–Look up 5 words/phrases that are new or confusing to you.
–List the words, their major definitions, and one example sentence (for each word) on your blog (using the dictionary I introduced to you this week).
– Add the links of the tools to your blog.
2. Comment on at least one of your classmates’ greeting post last week.
3/13 Internet & Vocabulary 2
Collocation (website)
Common Collocations Assignment 3: Collocation Exercises
Finish the questions in the handout and hand it in next week.
3/20 Internet & Vocabulary 3
Collocation (from Oxford online English)
More hands-on exercises
Acronym Finder
Review the article Common Collocation
Preview the article How to Really Improve Your English Listening Skills and be ready for the discussion next week.
3/27 Internet & Listening 1 (TED Talk)
– How to improve your English listening skills?
Some talks
1. Grit: The power of passion and perseverance (6 minutes)
2. A 12-year-old app developer (4 minutes)
3. What’s wrong with our food system (5 minutes)
4. Photos from a storm chaser (4 minutes)
5. Don’t eat the marshmallow (6 minutes)
G1 TED Talk and English Learning Assignment 4: TED Talk
Listen to  one TED talk of your choice and read the talk scrip.
(1) Indicate the talk you listen to (Topic, Speaker’s name, Duration, Link); (2) post 3 words/phrases you learn (Look up the words in the dictionary and give one example of each); and (3) briefly share your thoughts on the talk. (4/8 due)
4/3 Holiday (No Class)
4/10 Internet & Listening 2
1. Randall’s Cyber Listening Lab
2. All Ears English Podcast
AEE423, 1110, 1100
4/17 Internet & Listening 3 (Songs)
1. How to learn English with songs?
2. http://lyricstraining.com/
3. SongfactsQuiz 1: on tools we have introduced.
1. Somewhere over the rainbow
2. What a wonderful world
3. One moment in time (Dana Winner)
4. One moment in time (Whitney Houston)
5. You raise me up
6. Someone like you (Adele)
7. Don’t cry for me Argentina (live)
8. Don’t cry for me Argentina (official)
9. Disney theme songs
Assignment 5: English song
–Find an English song that interests you.
–Post its lyrics, audio & video (if any) files on your blog
–Briefly introduce the song (Who is the singer? His/Her names and nationality?
–Three words you learned (with one example sentence each)
–Why do you like the song?
(50 words minimum)
4/24 Internet & Speaking 1
1. Lyrics Training
2. My English Tutor (My ET)
Please download My ET 7.0
Account: your student ID
Password: 12345
G2:My ET Assignment 6: My ET
– 1. SPT Test
– 1.1 Self-Introduction
– 2.1 At the immigration Counter
Try the website Lyricstraining again.
5/1 Internet and Speaking 2
– Diagonize sheet
– Work on individual sound
– Online Chatbot
– TTX: Text to speech (https://www.naturalreaders.com/online/)
G3: Evaluation of an Interacitve CD
Live  ABC
Studio Classroom (official website)
空中英語教室典藏系統 (school library website)
Assignment 6: My ET (due on 5/8 18:00)
– Unit 8.1 At a fast food place 1
– Unit 8.1 At a fast food place 2
– Unit 8.2 At a business lunch (arrival 1) due on 5/13 23:00
– Unit 8.2 At a business lunch (arrival 2) due on 5/13 23:00
Explore the websites/resources we introduced today.
5/8 Internet & Stories (Online Comics and Stories)
1. Bookbox
2. Pepper & Carrot (https://www.peppercarrot.com/)
3. Snoopy (https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts)
4. WebToon (https://www.webtoons.com/en/) recommended by Amy.
Assignment 7: Story
1. Choose one story from Bookbox;
2. Watch/read the story twoic
3. Write down 3 words you learn, with example sentences and definition
4. Provide a short description of the story (60 to 80 words).
5/15 Internet & Stories (Online Comics and Stories)
1. Bookbox
2. Pepper & Carrot (https://www.peppercarrot.com/)
3. Snoopy (https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts)
4. WebToon (https://www.webtoons.com/en/) recommended by Amy.
G4: Language Testing (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC) Choose 2  Assignment 8: Online Comics
Explore the comic website Pepper & Carrot and see if you like it.
– Indicate which episode you read.
– Share your experience in using a comic website to learn English (free in length).
5/22 Internet & Games
– Game and Language Learning(learning while having fun)
Games to learn English ()
– CoolEnglish
– Academic Skill Builder
G5: Game & Language Learning (Computer-based or apps)


1. Please be aware of the spacing rules when writing in English. (Spacing with punctuation).
2. Explore some online games and see if you like them.
5/29 Internet & Academic Learning

Open Courseware
– What is MOOC?
– How edX works, from Anant Agarwal on edX
– MIT Open Courseware
edX: Free online courses

G6: Open Courseware & MOOCS Assignment 9: edX
1. Register for an account in edX.
2. Browse the website and find a course that interests you.
3. Watch the video (1 class meeting).
4. List the class you’ve watched (name of the class, from which school).
5. Share your experience/feelings in attending MOOCs or your comments on using MOOCs as learning resources.
6/5 Internet & News
Time for Kids
Six Minute English
– Smithsonian Tween Tribune
The Learning Network
The New Yorkers
Six news resources
Guidelines for Reflection Paper
6/12 Review
Reflection Paper (6/19 due) on BB and prepare a hard copy to hand in.
6/19 Reflection Paper Due Questionnaire
Happy Summer Vacation!


Free Online Resource
Learners’ Dictionary
Oxford Advanced American Dictionary (for English Learners) Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Dictionary
Cambridge Advanced Learners’ Dictionary Collins COBUILD Advanced Dictionary
Bilingual Dictionary
Yahoo Bilingual Dictionary  Google translator
Corpus Tool
Reading Websites
 Newsela is a good site to help students become stronger readers while reading current event articles. Although you have to sign up, the site is free.
Dreamreader is a free website with more than 500 reading lessons. Every lesson comes with free audio, a free printable worksheet and a free multiple choice quiz.
Easy reading: Here, you can read stories and articles written at three different levels A2 (elementary), B1 (intermediate) and B2 (upper-intermediate).

Note. We’ll adjust the schedule as we go along.