Teaching from the Cloud

Wojciech Szupelak

Abstrakt

This article covers the issues pertaining to the use of free online Cloud Computing (CC) services when teaching a foreign language. It presents various tools that can be utilized by a teacher in several settings: from one-to-one tuition, teaching language for general purposes to teaching language for specific purposes. The practical ideas included in the article all stem from the author’s personal experience in teaching both English and Polish as foreign languages with the use of CC tools.
The first part of the article deals with the definition of Cloud Computing and the most typical divisions of available CC resources. It also covers the theoretical possibilities that CC brings to a teacher and the challenges and drawbacks that teachers can face when using this technology in class.
The second part presents freely available online CC resources and gives examples as to how they can be used in class in a variety of settings. It covers the following tools: Google Drive, SoundCloud, Prezi and YouTube.
The conclusion attempts to anticipate the future developments of Cloud Computing for education.

Słowa kluczowe: Computer-Assisted Language Learning, CALL, Cloud Computing, Distance Learning, teaching via Skype, technology in the language classroom
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