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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I worked in schools as a teacher of German Russian and French for 15 years before becoming an Advisory Teacher and then a Lecturer in Education. My main interests are foreign language reading behaviour and the uses of ICT in language learning.
I first started an interest in MFL and ICT using BBC machines and trying to programme vocabulary testing programmes using BBC BASIC ! I have always been a great user of text manipulation software, especially in 'collaborative mode'. More recently I have looked at the use of CDROM in MFL learning, especially where content is learned through a foreign language. I see the internet currently as the best source of lively and stimulating reading materials which have credibility for today's learners. For me the immediate future is to get better at using interactive whiteboards.
My recent work has mainly centred on CDROM use. I have reviewed MFL CDs for the TES and I reported on a project I carried out in Issue 12.2 of ReCALL. I am also involved in an on-going review of the ICT MFL provision for initial teacher education, which is still taking shape after the publication of the National Curriculum for ICT in ITT. I am most interested next in investigating the learning gains from collaborative on-line problem-solving tasks. My general MFL interests include the learning of subjects such as Geography, History and Science through a foreign language and ICT can offer major support for this cross curricular collaborative area.
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