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Hotpotatoes. A free software (for education) for the creation of interactive exercises.

Webquests Some Thoughts about WebQuestsby Bernie Dodge. Examples. Templates.

Educational Simulations Projects and simulations.

Second Life Virtual World



Mariajordno.com for fast and easy review of hundreds of tools to create quizzes, e-platforms, publications on e-learning, etc

Tips4teachers- Schools and online Social Networking

Successful Learning- Center for Development of Teaching and Learning (CDTL)

CALL4ALL- Links and Library

SOME READINGS ON THE TOPIC (a variety of topics, actually)

Anderson, N. (2003). Scrolling, clicking and reading English: Online reading strategies in second/foreign language. The Reading Matrix. 3(3), 4-33. Accessible at

Bloch, J. (2007). Abdullah's blogging: a generation 1.5 student enters the blogosphere. Language Learning & Technology, 11(2), 128-141. Accessible at http://llt.msu.edu/vol11num2/bloch/default.html

Bryant, T. (2006). Using Word of Warcraft and other MMORPGs to foster a targeted, social, and cooperative approach toward language learning. Academic Commons, The Library. Accessible at  http://www.academiccommons.org/commons/essay/bryant-MMORPGs-for-SLA

Chalhoub-Deville, M. (2001). Language testing and technology: Past and future. Language Learning and Technology, 5(2), 95-98.  Accessible at http://llt.msu.edu/vol5num2/deville/default.html

Doughty, C., & Long, M. H. (2003). Optimal psycholinguistic environments for distance foreign language learning. Language Learning and Technology, 7(3), 50-80.  Accessible at http://llt.msu.edu/vol7num3/doughty/

Furstenberg, G., Levet, S., English, K., & Maillet, K. (2001). Giving a virtual voice to the silent language of culture" The CULTURA project. Language Learning and Technology, 5(1), 55-102.  Accessible at http://llt.msu.edu/vol5num1/furstenberg/

Gonzalez-Lloret, M. (2003). Designing task-based call to promote interaction: En Busca de Esmeraldas. Language Learning & Technology, 7(1), 86-104.  Accessible at http://llt.msu.edu/vol7num1/gonzalez/

Kramsch, C., & Thorne, S. (2002). Foreign language learning as global communicative practice. In D. Block & D. Cameron (Eds.), Language Learning and Teaching in the Age of Globalization. London: Routledge.  Accessible at http://language.la.psu.edu/~thorne/KramschThorne.html

Meskill, C, Mossop, J., DiAngelo, S., and Pasquale, R. (2002). Expert and novice teachers talking technology:  Precepts, concepts and misconcepts. Language Learning and Technology.6 (3), 46-57. Accessible at http://llt.msu.edu/vol6num3/meskill/

National Educational Technology Standards. Available in pdf at: http://www.iste.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=NETS

National Summit on Educational Gaming. (2005). National Summit on Educational Games Fact Sheet. Accessible at http://www.fas.org/gamesummit/Resources/Fact%20Sheet.pdf

Warschauer, M. (2004). Technological change and the future of CALL. In S. Fotos & C. Brown (Eds.), New Perspectives on CALL for Second and Foreign Language Classrooms (pp. 15-25). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Accessible at http://www.gse.uci.edu/person/markw/future-of-CALL.pdf



My language exchange - Place to find a languageexchange partner- More than 115 languages from more than 133 countries.

El sonido de la naturaleza. Textos/audios en español sobre temas de la naturaleza.

Veinte Mundos. Website with learning materials ( Reading, Listening, Vocabulary and Grammar)

Centro Virtual Cervantes- Virtual classroom from Instituto Cervantes. Exercises, puzzles, interesting actrivities.

El Instituto Cervantes en Second Life- La sede virtual del Instituto Cervantes en Second Life

Página de la Lengua Española. Spanish language page. Information abot institutions, literature, pulblications, forums, etc

Español para viajeros. Travelang.

En busca de las esmeraldas. 3D interactive exercise to practice directions.

BBC Mundo - News in Sanish

BBC Language Resources - All levels includes videos and authentic language and scenarios for different speech acts and functions, including pragmatic information.

BBC Language games - Crossword puzzles, character games, letter soups

EducarChile Educative lessons in Spanish for multilple levels (for L1 Spanish)

For those students who insist on working on their grammar:

Spanish Language and Culture by Barbara Kuczun Nelson. Interactive exercises. Grammar exercises based on cultural texts, songs, ... Includes pictures, audio, and interactive exercises.

Ejercicios multimedia. A variety of exercises. Audio, songs, video. Includes many comercials and cultural videos developed into good interactional exercises.

Free Puzzlemaker - Word searches, criss-cross,mazes, hidden message,...

Prensa Latina

Prensa Latina Prensalatina provee enlaces a periódicos y revistas en español y de otros países del mundo, todos disponibles en internet.

Lateral Una excelente revista de literatura y cultura en español. Ofrece entrevistas, crítica y noticias.

Lisa Johnson's page at Sweet Briar College which includes links to live internet radio transmission all over the Spanish speaking world. http://ripley.wo.sbc.edu/departmental/library/quiosco/



Some readings

Chen, W.-C. (2008). Noticing in text-based computer-mediated communication: A study of a task-based telecommunication between native and nonnative English speakers. Unpublished Ph.D., Texas A&M University, United States -- Texas.

Collentine, K. (2009). Learner Use of Holistic Language Units in Multimodal, Task-Based Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication Langauge Learning & Technology, 13(2), 68-87.

Doughty, C., & Long, M. H. (2003). Optimal psycholinguistic environments for distance foreign language learning. Language Learning and Technology, 7(3), 50-80. Availale at http://llt.msu.edu/vol7num3/doughty/

Gay, G., & Lentini, M. (1995). Use of communication resources in a networked collaborative design environment. JCMC, 1(1), Retrieved on October 2005 from http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol2001/issue2001/index.html.

Gerber, M., Grund, S., & Grote, G. (2008). Distributed collaboration activities in a blended learning scenario and the effects on learning performance. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 24(3), 232-244.

González-Lloret, M. (2007). Implementing Task-Based Language Teaching on the Web. In K. V. d. Branden, M. Verhelst & K. V. Gorp (Eds.), Task-based language education (pp. 265-284). Cambridge Cambridge Scholars Press.

Gonzalez-Lloret, M. (2003). Designing task-based call to promote interaction: En Busca de Esmeraldas. Language Learning & Technology, 7(1), 86-104. Available at http://llt.msu.edu/vol7num1/gonzalez/

Muller-Hartman, A. (2000). The role of tasks in promoting intercultural learning in electronic learning networks. Language Learning & Technology, 4(2), 129-147.

Pellettieri, J. (1999). Why talk? Investigating the role of task-based interaction through synchronous network-based communication among classroom learners of Spanish. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of California at Davis.

Salaberry, R. (2000). Pedagogical Design of Computer Mediated Communication Tasks: Learning Objectives and Technological Capabilities. The Modern Language Journal, 84(1), 28-37.

Schrooten, W. (2006). TBLT and ICT: Developing and assessing interactive multimedia for task-based language teaching. In K. Van den Branden (Ed.), Task-based language teaching in practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Smith, B. (2003). Computer-mediated negotiated interaction: An expanded model. The Modern Language Journal, 87(1), 38-57.

Some of my presentations

Technology for TBLT - A 10 minute video presentation (it may take a few seconds to start)

CALICO 2011 Presentation - PDFed Prezi

HALT 2012 Presentation (with P. Chandler) PDFed Prezi

HALT 2012 Workshop for Spanish teachers (with P. Chandler) PDFed Prezi

16th LLL Conference Open Pleanry. Communities on-line: language, culture, and idntity. PDFed Prezi

Conversation Analysis of Computer-Mediated Communication for L2 Learning- Georgetown University Department of Linguistics guest presentation (February 2013) - Prezi Presentation- References

Learning to say goodbye- Presentation at the "Thinking, Doing, Learning: Usage Based Perspectives on Second Language Learning"Conference. University of Southern Denmark, (april 2013) PDFed Prezi Presentation