THE EFFECTIVENESS OF TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING STUDY SKILLS: NOTE TAKING

NOTE TAKING

Note taking is another Study Skill, which has to be necessarily developed in students. There are usually three main occasions, as Michael J. Wallace says, when notes are taken while listening. There are three main occasions when notes are taken.

According to Michael J. Wallace (1998) these include:

a. to take down notes while listening
b. to take down notes while reading
c. to write notes from memory

Similarly there are three main reasons as to why notes are taken:

1. To have a record of the speaker’s own or writer’s main ideas.
2. To help one’s memory when revising, e.g. before an examination
3. To make what the speaker or writer say a part of your own knowledge.

In order to inculcate this skill of note taking, students can be trained to use CALL as a technique of language learning. When it comes to taking notes while listening, a worksheet can be given and students can be asked to listen to an audio text either from a CALL material or from an audio-text. The worksheet can have a gap-filling task wherein the students while listening to the text can fill up the gaps by using relevant information from the listened text. The worksheet can be programmed in the CALL text, so that, the evaluation will be instantaneous. (M J Kenning 52)

Reference skill is another important study skill, which must be inculcated in students. Here, CALL has a major role to play because; even though manual cataloguing is still available people prefer online catalogues. An online catalogue is a list of the materials available in the library, and this list can be accessed through the computer. Most libraries have an online catalogue of holdings (e.g. books, journals, electronic publications and audio-visual materials) available with them. So, it becomes the duty of the English teacher to make the learners get familiar with the method of using online cataloguing.

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