Learning to learn a language – at home and on the Web

Goodfellow, Robin and Lamy, Marie-Noelle (1998). Learning to learn a language – at home and on the Web. ReCALL, 10(1) pp. 68–78.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0958344000004274


This paper reports on work at the Open University's Centre for Modern Languages (CML) and Institute of Educational Technology (IET), on the use of technology to support language learners working at home and in virtual groups via the Internet. We describe the Lexica On-Line project, which created a learning environment for Open University students of French, incorporating computer-based lexical tools to De used at home, an on-line discussion forum, and guided access to the Francophone Web. We report on some of the outcomes of this project, and discuss the effectiveness of such a configuration for the promotion of reflective language-learning practices.

Robin Goodfellow is a lecturer in New Technology in Teaching at the Open University's Institute of Educational Technology. His research interests in foreign language learning are in lexical acquisition and learning via asynchronous networks.

Marie-Nolle Lamy is a senior lecturer in French at the Open University's Centre for Modern Languages. Her research interests are in French lexicology and syntax and student strategies for distance-learning of French.

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