Wednesday, July 6, 2011

"Application of Bax Normilasation in Saudi Arabia: The how!"

Stephan Bax argues that, "Our aim should be to attain a state of `normalisation' in which the technology is invisible and truly integrated"

Stephan has identified a possible future plan for CALL. He talked about the goal that is the normalization which he have described, in which CALL finally becomes invisible, serving the needs of learners and included into every teachers’ everyday practice. This will almost certainly need changes in technology, in the size, shape and place of the classroom computer. It will involve change in attitudes, in approach and practice between teachers and learner. He argued for ethnographic analyses, in order to understand CALL better. He said that normalisation’  relevant to any kind of technological innovation and refers to the stage when the technology becomes invisible, embedded in everyday practice and therefore ‘normalised’.  CALL will reach this state of normalisation when computers are used every day by language students and teachers as an integral part of every lesson, like a pen or a book. Most importantly,  he believed that CALL will be normalised when computers are treated as always secondary to learning itself, when the needs of learners will be carefully analyzed first of all, and then the computer used to serve those needs.

In my opinion, I think that we cannot apply this normalization in Saudi Arabia because the using of computer are not suitable yet in schools . The computer only used as an extra subject not as a main subject like this I would say that this normalisation is not working until they change the way of teaching this subject. Then think about using it in teaching other subject.  So,we need to applied this CALL in all schools in order to achieve the normalisation. First,teachers  have to use computers, online learning and blended learning. Also, teachers have to encourage the students to use these technology with their learning process. Teachers have to mix learning and teaching with technology.

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