Internet as an education aid in teaching foreign languages

Year: 2005

Author: Dehghani, Yavar

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The importance of the Internet in teaching foreign languages in today's language teaching settings becomes more and more. The role of this media becomes more important by helping the students to practice their listening skills as well as becoming familiar with the culture of the language community, where there is no immediate access to the target language community.

This paper aims to present the different uses of the Internet in teaching foreign language to the Adult English speakers. The usefulness of this modern education aid is shown in a case study of Adult English speakers in the Australian Defence Force School of Languages, where they learn Persian as a foreign language in an intensive 46 weeks course to become a proficient linguist in the language. These students are exposed to the internet on a daily basis to get help with listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as cultural orientation. How the Internet is used for each macro skill is explained in the paper in detail.