Friday, April 6, 2007

5th posting....

Computer assisted language is an important aspect in testing ones' level of proficiency in language especially in English.English has known as the language of commerce and international language. if we want to be fluent and expert in English, online English test is one of the way to do it!
There are many websites that offers online language testing. There are many interactive and interesting test that is conducted to test the language level among lecturers and among students. in these online language testing websites the test is conducted and results are provided in an instant with the complete answer and explanation for their wrong answer after the test.Computer-assisted language tests can be individually administered, even on a walk-in basis. Thus group-administered tests and all of the organizational constraints that they impose will no longer be necessary.time limits are not necessary. Students can be given as much time as they need to finish a given test without the watchful eyes of any the other hand cheating will arise but this problems can be handled with a good planning.
Fill in the blanks,True or false,Multiple-choice,Multiple answer.Matching.Ordering,and Short essay are the activities that been offered to test ones ability. these are interactive test but the student or the lecturer can toggle the level of difficulties.Like an saying, don't limit your challenge, challenge your limit.Online language testing or computer assisted language testing offers help to those who had been required to do all of their writing assignments in the course on a PC.
This shows the importance of ICT in language learning.We can deny the major role that ICT had been playing in language testing and learning in third world country like Malaysia,which English is a second language.Online or computer assisted language learning helps student and lecturers to mark their level in the language.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

4th Posting....

Topic of my choice is “e-learning for language studies” and search from three online databases subscribe by Tun Sri Lanang Library. I think that e-learning and language suit me the best because I am a ELS Student. So, at last I decided to choose this topic .
From ProQuest, a journal entitled “Strategizing for workplace e-learning: some critical considerations” had been found. From this journal, it states that the purpose of this work is twofold. First, the vagueness of e-learning terminology is explored as a premise that the uncritical use of language reflects uncritical approaches to e-learning. North American practitioner literature is then reviewed to examine the way in which e-learning vocabulary and metaphors reveal the attitudes and values that executive decision-makers and analysts bring to bear on organizational e-learning strategies. This review lends perspective to the values and priorities of executive decision makers in practice, showing that a broader understanding of workers' learning and affective needs is required if e-learning is to be applied effectively toward developing creative, productive, satisfying and sustainable learning organizations. Organizational decision makers should seek the input and perspective of multiple stakeholders to ensure that e-learning strategies are appropriate not only in terms of financial and technological feasibility but also in the interests of lasting positive effects on employees and organizational culture.
Secondly, I search from EBSCOhost about “e-learning and fluency disorders”. This journal discuss about examines the significance of e-learning for the treatment of fluency disorders. Provision of a cost-effective way to develop unique training experiences for virtually every learner; opportunities for novices in the field to learn new skills without compromising the well-being of themselves or consumers; value of the patient simulation technology tool that displays clinical scenarios in which learning must self-generate an appropriate solution.
Finally,I have visited Blackwell Synergy. A journal entitled “Journal of Computer Assisted Learning” has been found. From this journal, we can know that e-learning is a complex process, which involves many factors including infrastructure, quality of content and assessment, quality of learner support systems, assumptions made by learners and educators about the learning experience itself and peer support networks for learners and educators. Lecturers need to constantly consider, evaluate and adjust these factors to provide effective e-learning environments for students. It also report that the design and development of the Online Learning Environment Survey (OLES), which is an instrument that can be used to gather and represent data on students' 'actual' (experienced) and 'preferred' (ideal) learning environments. They describe the use of this instrument in blended learning environments with university classes, illustrating how OLES can be used by educators striving for good practice in the design of effective online learning environments.

This posting really challenge my creativity to analyze a journal,which is totally alien for me. i have learn alot in this posting. I learned to look for information in online journal. this skill is important for every graduate to know was a new agenda for me and I learned alot from the posting.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

3rd posting......

My understanding about blogging is it a good way to share ones thoughts and ideas with people around the world. Blog is like an online diary in cyber world that transcends boundaries. It ia also a good way to put up information which can be used by other for their research and other relevant uses. It also helps people to express their feelings and record events in life, which are important. Blogging also can expand ones ability to think and analyze facts and figures by referring others blogs One can express thoughts without any setbacks, and worries that people will criticize you.
Blogging is quite new for me. If it not because of this course I would not be creating a blog post my assignments on it. Blogging is an ongoing learning process which is ever changing and challenging for some. I am also able to express my ideas using pictures and music. I can also customize my blog to suit my taste and style. Blogging can show the real side of a person.
There are also advantages and disadvantages of using blogs. The advantages are freedom of speech and expressing thoughts, giving useful information about an issue or research, and connect people beyond boundaries to share feelings and ideas without any obstacles. It also can be used as a platform to post journals.
There are also disadvantages of blogging is there is no privacy and misuse the freedom of the blogging world. There is no privacy in blogging. One cannot post anything that is personal to someone or somebody. Blog are also misused to spread pornographic, gossips, prostitution and rumors which are detrimental to our society. This is major setback blogger community in cyber world.
Blogs can be used as place to put up journals, share music, share picture, ideas and much more. Blogs also can be use as medium to express feeling and thoughts about politics, and economics and social of a country. The blog also can be used as medium to spread news of an event or happening

Thursday, March 15, 2007


A summary of beyond concordance lines

The language corpus offers is a useful resource in language learning. We can detect language corpus in normal dictionary and teaching aids. Language corpus or concordance is getting easier by the day because of the introduction of certain programs such as Wordsmith, MonoConc Pro and Microconcord. These programs assist in the tedious task in analyzing language and greatly extend the potential of a corpus in language pedagogy. This way language learner can discover how words and grammatical construction are used. This help the language learners to interest in language learning than bored of the rules. New software helps learners by giving additional information to corpus studies. In Malaysian context the analysis of language corpora is limited and unavailable by-and large.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Difference and similarities between chat, sms and email language

There are many differences and similarities between e-mail (electronic mail), chat, and sms (short messaging system).

The similarities are the way we write the message. There are usage of short forms, code switching, and the usage of emoticons. There maybe grammatical errors. In these three, the emoticons and smiley are used to convey emotions, which is not only limited with words. These mediums are synchronous or simultaneous where data are sent and received at the same time. Email, sms, and chat involve both sender and receiver.

The one of the difference between email, chat, and sms are the formats. Sms are often short in characters. This is because the characters are limited and there are shorter forms are used. Sender cannot attach heavy files in sms.

Chat in the other hand in , the format is like a online conversation. There are more colorful graphics and audios involved in chatting. The sender should be fast to type the conversation in order the receiver on the other end can reply fast. The language is simpler than email language.

Meanwhile, in emails more characters can be used. The format is different from chat and sms. Sometimes emails are used for official works. Then the language is in a formal way. The sender can attach bigger size files. Sender and receiver must have an email account which has storage until 1 gigabyte.