Hiroshima Studies in Language and Language Education Issue 5
2002-03-31 発行

Autonomes Deutschlernen im Internet

The topic of this paper is autonomous language learning on Internet as an enhanced German language class. According to the guideline of the Council of Europa 2001, it would take at least 200 learning hours to reach the lowest proficiency level at which the learner can manage to some extent in every-day situations. But having at most two classes per week, Japanese university students who are learning German as a new foreign language have less than half of the necessary time. Therefore, it would be a great plus for the acquisition of foreign languages like German if there were ample learning opportunities offered outsides the class. As one such instance, we introduce an on-line German course which the author is now developing in the framework of a virtual university project at Hiroshima University. In this context we also discuss the features and significance of WebCT as an authoring software for e-Learning.