There are several other important ways to design activities that support student creativity and production and therefore afford opportunities for student engagement in language learning. First, students must understand how to use the computer tools. Instructions should be modelled and presented in a variety of ways—graphically, orally, and in text at a minimum. Students must also understand the opportunities that each digital tool affords. To this end, teachers and learners can brainstorm the kinds of tasks that can be accomplished with tools such as a database program, a word processor, or a video editor, and they can continue to add to the list over time so that students are not limited in the ways in which they produce content and language. While learning the technologies, students are also learning through English, both useful goals in the CALL classroom.
Tips for Designing Opportunities for Creativity And Production by Joy Egbert and Seyed Abdollah Shahrokni is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.