Using Technology to Assist Language
Goals and Objective
Goal: Students will learn about implementing technology to
enhance language learning.
Objective: Given a presentation about language software,
student will understand which applications and software are
available to enhance language learning by answering
Does anyone here want to try to learn a new language?
Which language would it be?
What are some traditional ways of learning?
Can anyone guess some ways learning a language has changed
in the digital age?
Some Positive Attributes of Learning a
Positive effect on intellectual growth.
Leaves students with more flexibility in thinking, greater
sensitivity to language, and a better way for listening.
Improves understanding of native tongue.
Opens the door to other cultures.
Increases job opportunities.
National Standards for Language
Current foreign language standards supports the use of technology
to increase opportunities for communicative practice in three
contexts—interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational.
The national standards for foreign language recommend
communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and
communities. --Technology can provide avenues to bridge
many of these requisites.
Technology and Language
Access to a variety of technologies, ranging from computer
assisted instruction to interactive video, cd-rom, the
internet, electronic mail, and the world-wide web will
enhance language acquisition.
Technology offers vast possibilities for language development
and connections to the cultures of the world where the target
language is spoken.
Students can engage in conversations, provide/obtain
information, express feelings and emotions and exchange
Some Technology for Language
Software Packages : Some good programs.
Pronunciation practice BYKI (Before you know it)
(record voice and compare it Free down load with10
to native speakers). lessons
Native Speaker sounds/ $40 for extra lessons.
images with visual cues.
Listening/spelling skills. Rosetta Stone—3 Levels
Normal textbook features. $550 (State Department)
Internet Sites (Free software)
Pronunciation Tutorials Lessons
Grammar Tutorials Courses
Vocabulary Tutorials Audio
Verb Drills Visuals
Podcasts/Newsletters Study Guides
Word a day Mp3 Files
Travel Helper Burn lessons to disks
Online translators Exercises
Language students can establish an e-pal relationship with
another student from target countries, and engage in rich,
authentic discourse with peers in the target culture.
A site to explore for e-pals. CPAW (computer pals across the
Other searches that conduct pen-pal sites (pen-pal, pen friend,
Procedures for E-Pals
Find at Least two pen-pals with whom you’d like to
Send them an introductory e-mail.
Include a description about yourself and why you want to
Don’t forget to mention how you obtained their e-mail.
Other Internet Resources
Links to Foreign Language Newspapers
Articles in target language.
Newscasts that allow the listener to hear broadcasts.
Links to other foreign language sites. (Museums, Games,
Photos and Slideshows that guide translation
You Tube: Plenty of Practice
Real Language Lessons that are conducted by Native Speakers
Interesting snippets that are accompanied by foreign
Music in foreign language
Images of target culture/countries.
Recipes in Spanish or whatever language you’d like.
Inspiration—Make graphic organizers accompanied by
Television Channels in target language.
Podcasts/ Music in target language.
If you were to build a language laboratory, what would you
put in it?
Do you think that technology would be an integral part?
What’s your favorite technological apparatus?
Learning Disabled: Provide a written outline to accompany
lesson. Repeat directions if necessary. Monitor for
Extended Learning: ask students to find internet resources
on their own by picking 4 sites that will help them learn.
Does anyone have something to add to the technological
tools I’ve mentioned?
Are there any other questions?
Go home, pick a language you want to learn.
Choose 5 technological tools to help you learn.
Establish an e-pal in your target country.
Check for understanding.
Have students bring responses to independent practice the
A particular slide catching your eye?
Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.