Reflection about CALL class-6/23

10247018 Eric 李金世鑫
四技應外二甲  2015/6/16

   Since this semester started, I have been learning CALL class for about 4 months. Before taking this class, I seldom use software that can help us learn English through computer. However, during this class, I do learn many things that can really help us solve problems that are relative to English or even can enhance our speaking or listening skills. For example, we learn English as a second-language learner; we always look up vocabularies in dictionaries which only have Chinese interpretations but in this class, we know many foreign websites that can provide us with English interpretations like oxford dictionary and this makes me change the way that I use dictionary. I can understand meanings of vocabularies more clearly when I use these dictionary websites and can apply more suitable because they also provide example sentences of vocabularies. Furthermore, programs like My ET are also very useful. After I know this program, I use it to practice my English pronunciation and intonation. It always works very well because it will point out the flaws when you speak English and it will tell you how to improve. Now, whenever I have free time, I will use My ET to enhance my English.
    To be honest, before taking CALL class, I didn’t know that there were so much more useful websites or programs, even though when somebody told me, I still thought it would be very difficult to operate them. But I was totally wrong; it’s definitely worthy for you to take a good use in these websites.
   I do change many English learning behaviors for example, before taking this class, I always searched for information in the Internet search engine when I was asked for writing essay but this way was really slow and sometime I couldn’t even find any information or ideals. However, I know that I don’t need to do this because I have already known many websites that can give me ideals when I needed, such as candle. Candle is a website that you just need to key in the keywords and it will show you things or articles that are familiar. It can save many time and also very useful. Furthermore, do you know google syntax? When you are searching something in google, you can use some particular symbols to find the information that is only relative to what you need. It is very helpful and can shorten the time it takes.

    I am really glad that I choose this class because as an English learner, these things will help me in my whole life. I will also recommend this class and websites to my friend and hope them can find it useful just like I feel.         


#7 Comments on opencourses(MIT)-6/5

I have never used open courses before but  I found out that MIT opencourseware is a really useful website which has many kinds of lessons and of course, it is free. Also, there are still many advantages like it will save your watching records and will give you a online certificate after watching a lessons. I think those who want to learn something that the school does not teach can take a good use of this website!


#6 What does the future look like? (from TED)-5/14


What does the future look like?  by Juan Enriquez

I think no one can answer this question because every day is changing everyday. In this speech, the speaker introduced many inventions and researches that has been tested and created for many years. Some them are not finished yet, and no one can precisely predict the results.
There are more and more things and people come to this world and we can just imagine the future of world. I think this topic is worthy watching because we all will face the future of our world and most of us are curios about what will we and the world look like in the future.
Hope we can have a bright future!


#5 Story about Dead 5/10

When I was young, my father always took us to swim in the river. I was good at swimming but one day when I was swimming in the river, I suddenly go into spasm. I was scares and I kept struggling. I was afraid that no one would find me so I screamed in my best. Fortunately, my father saw that I was in dangerous, and he pulled me up. I was terrified  and can't not stop shaking.
After this bad experience, I know that I should stretch before I go swimming.
Sometime, I dream about this, I hope that I will never experience this bad event.


#4 Feedback-Steve Jobs' speech 5/1

Steve Jobs just simply described his own stories in his college commencement but it is a great speech to the whole world. I was touched and started to rethink should I make some change to my life. Jobs use his experiences and principles to encourage us. He thought that we should be brave to live the life we want and to do things that we think it is right without fearing of others' voices. Most important of all, living in the moment just like every day is your last day.
Although we may not be as great as Jobs, we need to keep our faith and face all the difficult with it.


#3 Assignment - ESL Podcast 4/15

I think this listening training website is very useful and can definitely help people to improve their listening, especially for English learner. It has a clear explanation and sentences their use are very close to our daily life. Although I never use other similar website, I think it is the most helpful website which can enhance your listening ability.
Moreover, it is also suitable for those who learn English as a second language because there are many proverbs in the sentence and they provide tips on learning English.
Hope everyone can take a good use to this website.


#2 Assignment - Dictionary Exercise 3/17

1.reinforces - to make a feeling, an idea, etc. stronger
e.g. The experience reinforced my sense of loss.

2.swap - to give something to someone and receive something in exchange
e.g.  I'm finished with this magazine. Can I swap with you?

3.disruption - to make it difficult for something to continue in the normal way
e.g. Demonstrators succeeded in disrupting the meeting.

4. worthlessness - having no practical or financial value
e.g.  Critics say his paintings are worthless.

5. correspondingly - matching or connected with something that you have just mentioned
e.g. A change in the money supply brings a corresponding change in expenditure.


I think these websites are very useful. They provide us not only English meanings of words but many samples that are closed to our life. Next time, if I  write an essay, I will definitely take a good use of those webs!