Linking the Internet to the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning


  • Margaret R. Gonglewski

    1. George Washington University
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      Margaret R. Gonglewski (Ph.D., Georgetown University) is Assistant Professor of German at George Washington University, Washington, DC.


ABSTRACT  During the past few years, teachers and researchers have given notable attention to two pivotal forces in language learning and teaching: the Internet and the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. Yet research explicitly connecting the Internet with the Standards is surprisingly sparse, and no systematic explication of the ways Internet tools can help L2 learners achieve each Standard exists. This paper fills that gap in the literature by providing a thorough examination of the five Standards categories (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities) in light of the specific Internet resources that can help to advance language learners' attainment of the Standards.