Invited Speakers 1

     

    Dr. Hao-Jan Howard Chen
    Professor
    National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

    Invited Speech
    Using Various Computer Technologies to Assist FEL learners in Taiwan

     

    Abstract
    It’s critical for EFL students to develop good English ability in this globalized world. To enhance Taiwanese EFL students’ learning motivation and English ability, a comprehensive English online learning website (Cool English: http: www.coolenglish.edu.tw) was developed by English department of National Taiwan Normal University. The research and development funding for this website was provided by Ministry of Education. The site offers high-quality free learning materials for Taiwanese students. For students to improve their English skills and knowledge, this website has adopted a wide variety of new technologies. For listening, more than 900 animated videos were created for students, they can then immerse in different authentic learning contexts. There were also several learning tools for EFL students to adjust speech rate and to consult an online dictionary. For peaking, advanced automated  peech recognition technology and AIML-based chat bots were developed to facilitate students’ speaking skills. For reading, rich multimedia reading materials and quizzes were made vailable to students. For vocabulary learning, many themebased vocabulary exercises were created to allow students to practice various essential vocabulary items. For grammar, extensive video tutorials and extensive exercises were provided to enhance students’ grammatical competence. In addition, to make English learning more ngaging, several types of computer games were also developed. These games include a 3D role-playing video games, many HTML5 games, downloadable mobile games, and quiz games based on songs. So far, the site has about 250,000 registered users. It is expected that more new users will join this site after we begin to promote this site in more senior high schools in Taiwan.

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    Invited Speaker 2


    Dr. Hsin-chou Huang
    Professor
    National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan

     

    Invited Speech
    Integrating Digital Reading and Telecollaboration into EFL Classrooms

     

    Abstract
    Innovations in technology have enabled new language learning opportunities for students. The computer, with its ability to provide multisensory input and Internet connections, has created authentic and meaningful contexts for better comprehension and communication. This talk will focus on how to integrate empirical classroom practices, including digital reading and telecollaboration, into EFL curricula in order to enhance L2 learners literacy and intercultural competence. In the digital reading project, an e-book reading site, with a careful selection of e-books and supportive reading functions, helps learners gain new knowledge of foreign cultures and literature. Learners expand communication strategies by sharing oral comments on digital texts. In telecollaboration projects, learners are provided with new opportunities to use English in interactions with global peers. Learners and peers collaborate to complete problem-solving tasks together. They also exchange topicbased cultural information through  ynchronous Zoom conversations and asynchronous Facebook group exchanges. Such authentic intercultural ctivities raise learners’ cultural awareness, foster genuine language usage, and expand familiarity with the world. Findings of the above studies can provide deeper insights into how digital reading and intercultural exchange projects can be integrated into language curricula.


    Keywords: digital literacies; telecollaboration; intercultural learning; EFL

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