EGBERT Ch. 4. Communication & Collaboration
RICHARDSON Ch. 5. RSS: The New Killer App for Educators
Communication and collaboration are primary, immediate goals in the language classroom! Even with Egbert's broad definition of communication as a sharing of knowledge and collaboration as more of a negotiation of meaning--reaching a shared understanding, one can see the importance of both of these goals in the language class. All language learning has some form of communication as its goal, at least in my experience. Even if we want to learn a language solely to read, there is a sharing of knowledge, from writer to reader, that is taking place, and likewise the reader must use his or her own knowledge to simply understand or give importance to what he or she is reading.
Egbert gives us several ideas, perhaps most interestingly the ways to manage and plan for the various types of computer set-ups in the classroom, particularly in the one-computer classroom. I like the idea he proposes here of using the single computer as a sort of catalyst for more in-depth face-to-face interaction. I also like the idea of having the students research their own neighborhood and map out local businesses to plan their own field trip! That sounds really great.