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Volume 10 : 1 January 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

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Practices and Paradigms of Using Multimedia and Language Laboratory for
Teaching Communication Skills to Technical Students

K. Yugandhar, Ph.D.
V. Srinivas, Ph.D.
A. Ramakrishna Rao, Ph.D.


The present paper explores technical and pedagogical prospects in linking multimedia and language laboratory to teach communication skills to technical students. A variety of data, audio and visual sources, is used in the study for the analysis. Learners are given the opportunity to get exposure to various real world environments using the target language in the language laboratory. This exposure facilitates the students to observe and imitate model users of English. Through this, the processes that the learners actually engaged in while interpreting and carrying out multimedia tasks and group activities are illustrated.

A process and eclectic-driven study is made with the ultimate goal of using the laboratory technology effectively. The study focuses on teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing skills, nonverbal communication and speech receptive behaviour using multimedia and language laboratory. The findings emerged from the teaching learning process in computer-aided language learning laboratory are critically examined. In the end, factors that help the integration of multimedia and language laboratory into the training of communication skills to technical students are inferred from the study.

Communication Skills for Technical Students

The paper aims at identifying the technical and pedagogical prospects while using multimedia and language laboratory to teach communication skills for technical students. It is evident that technology is a tool and we need wisdom to use it to serve the desired purpose. Quality use of the computers in the laboratory is understood as an important step that allows for the development of knowledge acquisition, promoting receptive as well as presentation skills.

Pedagogical Theories and CALL

Pedagogical effort in CALL typically means adopting and adapting existing technology-based materials or learning environments to a specific course or learning curriculum. It is the pedagogically innovative environment that researchers investigate to find out how technology-based learning affects the language acquisition process.

Computer-Aided Language Learning is effective if only the pedagogical theories are applied into the facilities provided. The fundamental aspect of communicative language teaching approach is the communicative competence. The approach pays systematic attention to functional as well as structural aspects of language.

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K. Yugandhar, Ph.D.
Department of Humanities and Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University
Andhra Pradesh, India

V. Srinivas, Ph.D.
Department of English
Kakatiya University
Warangal District
Andhra Pradesh, India

A. Ramakrishna Rao, Ph.D.
Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University
Andhra Pradesh, India

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