Language Learning with Technology: Good Practice

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How best can teachers incorporate technology into their practice without sacrificing language learning aims? In this session I will give teachers ideas how best to do this, illustrated with example activities from the handbook for teachers 'Language learning with technology' (CUP, 2013), winner of the English Speaking Union HRH Duke of Edinburgh ELT Book of the year and recently short-listed for a British Council ELT Innovation (ELTon) award for best teacher resources.

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  • How best can teachers incorporate technology into their practice without sacrificing language learning aims? In this session I will give teachers ideas how best to do this, illustrated with example activities from the handbook for teachers 'Language learning with technology' (CUP, 2013), winner of the English Speaking Union HRH Duke of Edinburgh ELT Book of the year and recently short-listed for a British Council ELT Innovation (ELTon) award for best teacher resources.
  • Language Learning with Technology: Good Practice

    1. 1. Graham Stanley Language Learning with Technology
    2. 2. Language learning with technology: Good practice • Integrating technology • Building a learning community • Vocabulary • Grammar • Listening • Reading • Writing • Speaking • Pronunciation • Project work • Assessment and evaluation
    3. 3. Integrating technology • SAMR Definition Example Substitution - Tech. used to perform same task (least effective) as done before using computers T. writes on IWB Augmentation- Tech. used to add value to task T. prepares IWB flipchart Modification - Tech. has functional improvement T. integrates audio/video Redefinition - Tech. allows for new tasks that T. makes full use of all (most effective) were previously inconceivable interactive features Model developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura: http://www.hippasus.com/rrpweblog/archives/2014/01/31/SAMRAnAppliedIntroduction.pdf
    4. 4. Integrating technology Class Dojo http://www.classdojo.com/ What it is: young learner behaviour management software What it replaces: star chart on the wall What it does better: record-keeping, fun, dynamic, behaviour analysis, parent contact Be wary of: interrupting the flow of the class
    5. 5. Building a learning community Edmodo http://www.edmodo.com/ What it is: a social learning platform What it replaces: paper-based homework What it does better: creating out-of-class community, quizzes, homework assignment, safe social networking Be wary of: privacy, online safety issues
    6. 6. Vocabulary Visuwords http://www.visuwords.com/ What it is: Online visual thesaurus/dictionary What it complements: paper-based dictionary/thesaurus What it does better: visual connections between words, helps learn word associations Be wary of: too complicated for lower level students, not a replacement for dictionary
    7. 7. Grammar Real world grammar http://www.amazon.com/ or https://twitter.com/ What it is: real world grammar in context What it replaces: artificial example sentence structures What it does better: examples of authentic English Be wary of: profanities, embarrassing language
    8. 8. Listening Videojug http://www.videojug.com/ What it is: collection of 'how to' videos What it complements: coursebook audio What it does better: helps personalise learning, real world content Be wary of: inappropriate content
    9. 9. Reading QR code reading race http://www.qr-code-generator.com/ What it is: Internet based reading race What it complements: paper-based reading texts What it does better: added interest to reading, increased motivation Needs: learners with smartphones, wifi connection
    10. 10. Writing Story Starters http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/ What it is: help for narrative writing What it complements: narrative writing tasks What it does better: provides random, ready-made story ideas Be wary of: some language complicated, aimed at young learners
    11. 11. Speaking Tele-collaboration http://www.skype.com/ What it is: free audio/video telephony software What it complements: can provide real communicative opportunites What it does better: motivates learners to perform better Be wary of: connection problems (have a plan B ready), lack of preparation
    12. 12. Pronunciation How J Say http://www.howjsay.com/ What it is: online talking dictionary of pronunciation What it offers: alternate model of pronunciation What it does better: instant access to pronunciation of English words Be wary of: overuse
    13. 13. Project work IWB island
    14. 14. Assessment and evaluation Slide text What it is: y What it replaces: s What it does better: r Be wary of: i
    15. 15. Assessment and evaluation Gamifying Speaking & writing
    16. 16. Any Questions? Thank you

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