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Language Learning Technologies

  1. 1. LANGUAGE LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES FOR K-12 TEACHERS Alianza Cultural Uruguay-Estados Unidos Alina Gil 2009
  2. 2. <ul><li>K-12 teachers of ELLs (English Language Learners) have two main instructional goals: </li></ul><ul><li>1) to support their students' acquisition of English. </li></ul><ul><li>2) to support their students' mastery of academic content. </li></ul>Why should language teachers use LLTs?
  3. 3. How does technology provide quality input? <ul><li>Non-verbal input can be enhanced and increased more easily with technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensibility of subject matter can be improved with the use of technology through enhanced contexts, according to the learner's proficiency level. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Providing context <ul><li>A great way to help ELLs develop reading skills </li></ul><ul><li>through comprehending the main points of a text </li></ul><ul><li>is to provide a concept map with visuals and key </li></ul><ul><li>words of key points from a reading passage. </li></ul><ul><li>http://cmap.ihmc.us/ </li></ul>
  5. 5. Targeting verbal input to proficiency level <ul><li>Tutorials in language and content skills for ELLs at different levels of proficiency. </li></ul><ul><li>Free websites such as Dave's ESL Cafe provide drills and activities for language development. </li></ul><ul><li>http :// www.eslcafe.com / </li></ul>
  6. 6. How does technology provide quality interaction? <ul><li>Opportunities for ELLs to interact with others in meaningful ways: </li></ul><ul><li>* team or pair computer-based activities </li></ul><ul><li>* online communications </li></ul><ul><li>* text messages </li></ul>
  7. 8. Resources & reference materials <ul><li>Thousands of free materials and resources are available on the Internet from education and resource agencies, such as the Annenberg Foundation: http://www.learner.org/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>to lesson plan websites. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Resources & reference materials <ul><li>A good example of websites that provide authentic language for classroom activities is http://www.world-newspapers.com/ , which provides links to free online English newspapers and magazines from around the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Sloop is a collection of sites relevant to English Language Teaching and Learning on the World-Wide Web http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~lfried/ </li></ul>
  9. 10. Resources & reference materials <ul><li>A fun website that uses movie &quot;trailers&quot; as the basis of listening lessons is at: http://www.english-trailers.com/index.php </li></ul><ul><li>You can find examples of ESL podcasts (down loadable audio or video files)at http://www.eslpod.com/website/index.php </li></ul>
  10. 11. Resources & reference materials <ul><li>Randall Listening Lab ( http://esl-lab.com/ ) offers a variety of listening tutorials and practice activities, categorized by Easy, Medium, and Difficult. </li></ul><ul><li>The English Language Listening Lab Online website has a great variety of free listening games among over 1,000 listening activities ranging from interviews to songs: http://www.elllo.org/english/Games.htm </li></ul>
  11. 12. Resources & reference materials <ul><li>In Biography.com you will find information about famous people’s lives. </li></ul><ul><li>http :// www.biography.com / </li></ul><ul><li>This website is dedicated to the short story and to those interested in reading light prose. http :// www.classicshorts.com / index.shtml </li></ul>
  12. 13. Resources & reference materials <ul><li>Phonics Starter is a good resource for beginner English readers for teaching sound/symbol correspondences. It builds students' basic motor skills, phonemic awareness, initial letter writing and linking to illustrated vocabulary. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.englishraven. </li></ul><ul><li>com/flashcardsalphabets. </li></ul><ul><li>html </li></ul>
  13. 14. Resources & reference materials <ul><li>Teachers around the world use Starfall.com as a way to make the classroom more fun and inspire a love of reading and writing. </li></ul><ul><li>http :// www.starfall.com / </li></ul>
  14. 15. Online Dictionaries <ul><li>There is a website that provides a complete list with descriptions of online dictionaries . </li></ul><ul><li>The Free Dictionary is an example of a great online dictionary. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Picture Dictionaries <ul><li>Visual or picture dictionaries are useful for all ages, especially children. Seeing the picture with the word helps the learner remember its meaning. For a free Web-based picture dictionaries, see: http://www.pdictionary.com/ </li></ul>
  16. 17. Pronunciation <ul><li>how j say.com is a free online Talking Dictionary of English Pronunciation   </li></ul><ul><li>http :// www.howjsay.com / </li></ul><ul><li>      </li></ul>
  17. 18. Pronunciation <ul><li>This site contains an animated library of the phonetic sounds of English as well as an articulatory diagram for each consonant and vowel. </li></ul><ul><li>http :// www.uiowa.edu / ~acadtech / phonetics /# </li></ul>
  18. 19. Clip Art <ul><li>Clip Art enables students to understand the subject better and to learn new vocabulary. </li></ul><ul><li>Free sources of clip art can be found at: </li></ul><ul><li>http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/index.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.awesomeclipartforeducators.com/ </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.clipartof.com/ </li></ul>
  19. 20. Multimedia books <ul><li>Useful for developing top down reading comprehension strategies for all ages. </li></ul><ul><li>A number of multimedia books are available online for free. An example of a free online storybook is One Little Rabbit: www.lil-fingers.com/lil-rabbit/by.html </li></ul>
  20. 21. <ul><li>Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson Plans </li></ul><ul><li>Worksheets </li></ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Clip Art </li></ul><ul><li>and more! </li></ul><ul><li>Top web sites for educators. Reranked every hour! </li></ul><ul><li>http :// www.sitesforteachers.com / index.html </li></ul>
  21. 24. <ul><li>“ Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” </li></ul><ul><li>Unknown </li></ul>
  22. 25. <ul><li>Thank you </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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