Sunday, July 10, 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"

Bax suggested that to look at how an innovation comes to be accepted and effective in its new domain. He talked about the pen and the books and our idea about them. Pen and book are kind of technology that come apart of our daily life and they are completely integrated into education. On the other hand, CALL has not reached that normalised stage yet. CALL will be a part from language learning when it will ceases to exist as a separate concept and field for discussion. CALL practitioners should be aiming at their own extinction. He talks about the state that Call will reach when computers will used by language learners and teachers every day as a part of everyday lessons like a pen or book. In other word, course books, and notepads will go almost unnoticed. Computer Assisted language learning 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. At the end he  suggests,  to plan for this normalised state and then move towards it.

I think this normalization can apply in Saudi Arabia but not in the main time, because there are many changes of way of teaching. Computers are used recently in KSA in some schools to study and see the effect of technology in learning in general. So, I think we will need time to use computers in language learning. Also, I think we have to change the strategy and the way of learning to achieve this normalization.

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