Language Learning & Technology
Vol. 4, No. 2, September 2000, p. 1


FROM THE EDITORS

The Editors are pleased to introduce this special issue of Language Learning & Technology dedicated to issues surrounding the relationship between computer technologies, literacy practices, and literacy communities. Our special guest editor, Rick Kern, has worked long and hard to bring the collection of articles that comprise this volume to our readers. In his From the Guest Editor column he introduces the five articles that make up this issue.

In keeping with the theme of this volume, our On the Net column is appropriately entitled "Literacy: Reading on the Net." In it, Jean W. Leloup and Robert Ponterio present a survey of foreign language Web sites that offer language learners reading materials to help them improve their literacy skills.

Our Emerging Technologies column further explores the topic of literacies and technologies. In "Literacies and Technology Tools/Trends," Bob Godwin-Jones describes new electronic resources that make it easier for individuals today to become informed users and developers of new media and electronic texts.

Our Reviews section opens with Mike Ledgerwood's review of CALL: Media, Design, and Applications. This anthology includes articles by a variety of well-known CALL practitioners and researchers who hail from three continents and represent a diversity of backgrounds, interests, and perspectives.

This issue contains two software reviews: (a) Robert Blake reviews Roberto's Restaurant, a stand-alone PC software package on CD-ROM that offers learners of Spanish a simulated face-to-face conversation and a parallel practice session that utilizes Speech Recognition technology to evaluate their pronunciation; (b) Jane Boris reviews Easy Writer, a PC-based software program designed to help writers identify and correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors by editing student-produced essays.

We would like to thank all the reviewers of volume 4 of LLT whose expertise and hard work have contributed to the quality and success of this volume.

We hope you will continue supporting our journal by sending us manuscripts, commentaries, and reviews, and by taking out a free subscription.

We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for a special issue of LLT dedicated to the theme of Technology and Teacher Education to be guest edited by Seppo Tella and Yong Zhao.

We look forward to seeing you in January 2001 with a regular issue of LLT.

We hope you will find this special issue interesting and stimulating. We would like to hear from you. Send us e-mail with your comments and suggestions.

Irene Thompson, Mark Warschauer, and
Dorothy Chun, Editors

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