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Using Technology In The Language Classroom


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  • 1. Erin Lowry Centro Cultural Salvadoreño March 6 & 7, 2007
  • 2. Overview
    • Why use technology
    • “ Traditional” and “new” technologies
    • Various technologies and how they can be used in the language classroom
  • 3. What are some examples of technological tools you could use in the classroom?
  • 4. What can you do with technology in the language classroom?
    • Can be used as:
      • an instructional tool in the classroom
      • a delivery system for learner instruction
      • as instructional content itself
  • 5. “ Traditional” Technology Tools
    • Stereos & televisions
    • Overhead projectors & document cameras
    • Audiotapes & CDs
    • Videotapes & DVDs
    • Cameras & camcorders
    • Telephones
  • 6. Using Movies and TV Shows
    • Creating activities to go along with video
    • Adapting video
    • Using video as something other than a “filler”
  • 7. Why Use Multimedia?
    • Multimedia activities encourage students to work in groups, express their knowledge in multiple ways, solve problems , revise their own work, and construct knowledge
    • Advantages include:
      • Real-world skills related to technology
      • The value of teamwork
      • Effective collaboration techniques
      • The impact and importance of different media
      • The challenges of communicating to different audiences
  • 8. Disadvantages to Multimedia
    • Some constraints in the classroom include:
      • Technological resources, both hardware and software
      • Technological skills, for both the students and teacher
      • Time required to plan, design, develop, and evaluate multimedia activities
      • Sometimes the technology simply doesn’t work!
  • 9. “ New” Technology Tools
    • Computers, data projectors, and the Internet
    • Stand-alone software
    • MP3 players
      • Podcasts
      • iTunes
    • Handhelds & cell phones
  • 10. What is CALL?
    • Computer-assisted Language Learning
    • Technology is NOT a replacement for a live teacher
  • 11. What can we do with CALL?
    • Collaborative projects
    • Peer editing of compositions
    • Email
    • Reinforcement of classroom material
    • Games and simulations
    • Blogging and podcasts
    • WebQuests
    • Authentic language learning opportunities
  • 12. Suggestions for Online Learning
    • We need to consider how learning will be affected by using an online environment
    • 3 suggestions for effective use of the web for online learning:
      • provide access to rich sources of information
      • encourage meaningful interaction with content
      • bring people together to challenge, support, or respond to each other (Wilson & Lowry, 2000)
  • 13. Building Online Community
    • Final suggestion is a recommendation that a supportive community is needed to make online learning effective.
      • A sense of community is not an incidental effect of the design of instruction
    • Community is a necessary element to promote higher-level thinking (Schwier, 2001; Wilson, 2001; Kanuka, 2002)
  • 14. Online Authentic Language Sources
    • Mass media
      • New York Times
      • Voice of America
      • BBC
      • NPR
      • Newsweek
      • Time Magazine (for kids)
  • 15. Benefits of Using Computers in the Language Classroom
    • Multimodal practice with feedback
    • Individualization in a large class
    • Pair & small group work on projects
    • Fun factor
    • Variety in resources available & learning styles used
    • Real-life skill-building in computer use
    (Warschauer and Healy, 1998)
  • 16. More Tools
    • Course Management Software
    • Blogs ( Blogger , Wordpress )
    • Photo Management (Flickr,
    • Podcasts
    • Wikis ( pbwiki , Wikispaces , Wetpaint )
    • Website design
    • Forums
    • Chat or telephony services
    • And more!
  • 17. Discovery Puzzlemaker
    • Assignments:
      • Choose a topic for two puzzles and share with group.
      • Create a puzzle and post links to Yahoo Group for their classmates’ comments
  • 18. Filamentality
    • Assignments:
      • Read about Filamentality and choose a type of activity to create for a specific group of students
      • Comment on choice with group. Create the activity and post the link in a message on our Yahoo!Group.
      • Visit a few of the activities produced by participants in the group and comment on them.
  • 19. Filamentality Options
    • Hotlist
    • Treasure Hunt
    • Subject Sampler
    • Multimedia Scrapbook
    • WebQuest
  • 20. WebQuests
    • Go beyond learning facts and want to get into grayer, more challenging aspects of the topic
    • Presents student groups with a challenging task, scenario, or problem to solve
      • Current events, controversial social and environmental topics work well
  • 21. Listening
    • Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening – Listening activities organized by length (short/long) or topic (general/academic). Students listen to a sound file(with or without caption) and then answer questions about the dialogue they've heard.
    • Arlyn Freed's ESL/EFL Listening Resources - Includes reviews of the web sites listed, noting the forms of technology used, pros and cons about the site/material, and suggestions for listening.
    • Listening Practice from – Listening practices for learners of different proficiency levels with accent listening gallery and listening lesson plans.
    • English Listening Room – Listen to songs and fill in the blanks.
  • 22. Pronunciation & Speaking
    • English Pronunciation – Demo pronunciation lessons with instructions and QuickTime movie on how to pronounce individual sound, and activities such as tongue twisters, minimal pair distinction and dictation.
    • Sounds of English – Online resources on the pronunciation of pairs of sounds in text, audio and graphic formats.
    • BBC Education – Varieties of games with animation and audio on the basic phonics such as consonant cluster, CVC words and long vowels.
  • 23. Grammar
    • Grammar Guide – Comprehensive online resource for grammar usage with explanations and examples.
    • Internet Grammar of English – Online resources on word classes and structural rules of English with explanations and examples. Each section provides a list of exercises after explanation.
    • Grammar Reference – An extensive site that contains grammar references at different levels (e.g. word & sentence level, paragraph level) as well as a collection of interactive grammar quizzes.
    • Grammar Quizzes – A collection of grammar quizzes organized according to level of difficulty. Quizzes are in the form of multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank.
  • 24. Reading & Vocabulary
    • Vocabulary for ELLs - a collection of links for learners from Ohio ESL.
    • Online Books - from the University of Pennsylvania.
    • Reading Activities -
    • Puzzlemaker
  • 25. Writing
    • Writing Guidelines – Online resources of guidelines on different genres of writing (tips, sample writings, etc.).
    • Paragraph Punch – An educational software that guide learners step by step through the whole process of writing a passage.
    • Writing Den – Writing tips and quizzes at word, sentence, and paragraph levels to help learners to improve their writing skills.
  • 26. Other Online Resources
    • Technology for language teaching . Ohio ESL.
    • OneStopEnglish . From MacMillan. Lesson plans and ideas for activities.
    • BBC Teaching English . Ideas on teaching, tips, lesson plans, and more.