Thursday, February 16, 2012

"Application of Bax Normalisation in Saudi Arabia: The how!"

Stephan Bax argues that, "Our aim should be to attain a state of `normalization' in which the technology is invisible and truly integrated"

In the article of Stephan Bax we found that he discussed the development of the CALL through the past, present and future. Also, we found the three phases of CALL (Computer Assisted Learning Language) which divided previously by Mark Warschauer.
These phases are Behavioristic, communicative and integrative These phases were the basic points that Bax used in his argument to answer the three main questions which are  where has CALL been?, where is CALL now? And where is CALL going? And he explain the goal of CALL through his theory of normalization which means any kind of technological innovation and refers to the stage when the technology becomes invisible, embedded in everyday practice and hence ‘normalized'.
Then, he focused on the important of using the technology in learning language and how to work on it to become a part of our daily lives which he called
'normalized' and he gave examples like pens and books which considered as a part of technology and we use it in our education ,but we hardly even recognize them as technologies because they simply have become normalized.
Bax said that CALL will reach that stage of normalization when computers are used every day in our classrooms of learning language by students and teachers.
In Saudi Arabia, I think we still use the traditional way of teaching especially in schools while in universities the use of technology is more and better.
Another thing, if we going to start using technology in our education we need to train the teachers to use these effectively with their students also increase the awareness of teachers and parents about how much technology will improve and help our students in learning especially parents because most of the time they become a barrier against this. Along with this is providing the proper equipments that encourage the teachers and students to use it.  
This does not mean by using technology we have to ignore the traditional way. It is the basic of learning but the using of technology is the basic of improvement and to reach better level of learning.
I'm sure this will be gradually a part of our education and we should remember that nothing is impossible but, we have to work on it as a community.