The central question in this paper is whether Web technology has the potential
to add value to face-to-face language teaching in the form of activities that cannot be realized
fully in a traditional classroom. While arguments will be presented for and against e-learning,
our conclusion is that the latest human-machine interfaces offer an environment for interactive
learning that can foster the acquisition of communicative skills. The paper argues that one of the
great strengths of the Web is the potential to engage students in creative information gap activities
and real experiential learning in the form of meaningful, process-oriented projects in authentic
settings. Evidence will be drawn from three sources:
[bull ] The current literature on new learning approaches.
[bull ] The latest best-practice applications, such as Webquests, Voice Chat, MOOs and innovative
[bull ] The findings of two large research studies by the author on
students’ perceptions of Web-based language learning in school and tertiary settings.
The paper emphasises the importance of creating connectivity rather than content.