Tips For Computer-Aided Foreign Language Learning
Nov 3, 2011 E-Learning/CALL 1956 Views
Language is the medium we use to share our thoughts with other people, more and more people are learning a foreign language in order to communicate with people from different countries who speak another language. To master a language, we need to focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking, and to be completely immersed in the language.
Traveling, living and studying abroad are ideal ways to learn any language while broadening your cultural awareness. However, that's not always practical. In fact by learning by yourself and being consistent, you can actually make considerable progress.
In order to help us master the foreign language, we need as many tools and resources we can find. A grammar guide and a dictionary for the language are necessary, this will help us understand the basic mechanics of the language and the differences and similarities with our native language.
Meanwhile, we should take advantage of resources such as book, newspaper, music, movie, radio and TV. A smart language learner also uses all the new technologies to reach his goal. With the help of modern information technology, learning a foreign language will be easier than ever. Internet can be the most primary resource. There are many online language courses, online dictionaries, newsgroups and other web resources such as magazine, newspapers, radio, TV, podcasts and blogs to help with your learning. There is so much good information out there. Whenever you have a question or something you don't understand, write it down, either ask a friend or go to the web for help. There are always friendly people in chat rooms, forums or Usenet, and of course the web knows all.
It's pretty crucial we are able to hear what and how a native speaker of that language speaks and talks. You can talk in real time with native speakers directly just like on the telephone by utilizing voice and video chatting software, or using any of the main instant messaging services or software such as Skype. Additionally, you can use text to speech software to improve pronunciation and listening skills. Text to speech technology has been widely used, such as in a variety of telecommunication services where information is provided via telephone messages. Using text to speech software in language learning is an engaging and effective way to learn a language, you will now have the ability to see how a word should sound phonetically, as well as being able to listen to an accurate pronunciation. For example, by running the text to speech software Panopreter Plus on Windows 7 desktops or laptops, ESL/EFL learners will hear Microsoft Anna’s spoken speech at various speeds and make MP3 audio files. This software can read aloud any characters, words, phrases, paragraphs and files and save the speech into mp3 audio files, moreover, its toolbar for Internet Explore makes surfing online a listening experience, it also supports a wide variety of other language voices. Now it is possible for you to listen to a native speaker’s pronunciation on the computer in language learning.
There are so many useful and interesting resources on the web for whatever language you are learning, these resources will help you tailor a custom program for yourself in any language learning. It is also important for you to study a little bit each day instead of a lot occasionally and then not much for a while. Daily repetition makes the language second nature. Generally a motivated person with a good method and practice will learn better and faster.