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Category:   E-SSchool
Subject:   New Masters program in Computer-Assisted Language Learning!
From:   Maxine Eskenazi
Email:   max+_(on)_cs.cmu.edu
Date received:   16 Nov 2000

The Department of Modern Languages and The Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA, are launching a 12-month Master's program in Computer Assisted Language Learning. The program will combine the strengths in second-language acquisition and courseware development of the Department of Modern Languages with the expertise in advanced language technologies of the Language Technologies Institute. The program is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2001. The program includes instruction in how to design the learning sequence for a CALL program based in sound pedagogy, how to create the corresponding software, and how to use the latest language technologies to create new types of CALL interactivity. Students will learn the essential concepts of second language acquisition and will acquire practice in assessing CALL software. Students will carry a full load of courses in the Fall and Spring and complete a summer of supervised individual study enabling the student to complete a portfolio of software and related work. In special cases, students will be permitted to enroll on a part-time basis. Rather than comprehensive exams and a thesis, each student will complete and assess a major project, for example: an instructional module based on a functional/ grammatical focus, with new media, hand-coded interaction and end-user tracking, with preliminary data compiled from multiple subjects illustrating instructional efficacy. Maxine Eskenazi of the LTI (max+@cs.cmu.edu) and Christopher M. Jones of the Modern Languages Department (Chris.Jones@andrew.cmu.edu) will be directing the program. We will be happy to answer questions which might arise after a visit to the program web site at: http://www.cmu.edu/call

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