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Eaton global trends in language learning in the 21st century



A presentation given at the Global Education Conference on November 16, 2010.

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  • In today&#x2019;s webinar we&#x2019;re going to go over the findings of this new research I&#x2019;ve just finished called Global Trends in Language Learning in the Twenty-first century. We&#x2019;ll go over what&#x2019;s out and what&#x2019;s in. Then, you&#x2019;ll get some practical tips on how to have a twenty-first century language classroom in the coming school year. <br /> <br /> I expect that the presentation should take about 20 to 25 minutes. Then we&#x2019;ll open the floor to questions. If that sounds good to you, click the green check mark or type &#x201C;yes&#x201D; into the chat box. <br />
  • Before I get into the presentation, I&#x2019;d like to thank Steve and the folks at Elluminate for setting up this webinar for me and for making the technology available to you today free of charge. <br /> <br /> Let&#x2019;s give them a round of applause! Click the applause button in the upper left hand corner or type &#x201C;clap, clap, clap&#x201D; into the chat box. <br /> <br /> In exchange for providing Elluminate&#x2019;s services for free, Steve has asked that I record the session so it can be archived for others to access later on. So this is your head&#x2019;s up that today&#x2019;s session will be recorded. <br /> <br /> And I have to acknowledge my colleagues at the Language Research Centre at the University of Calgary. This is a hub of language research in Canada and I&#x2019;m very grateful to be a Research Associate there. <br />
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Eaton   global trends in language learning in the 21st century Eaton global trends in language learning in the 21st century Presentation Transcript

  • Global Trends in Language Learning in the 21st Century Global Education Conference November 2010 Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton Calgary, Canada
  • Objectives • Introduction • What’s out • What’s in • Q &A
  • Thank You... • Thank you to Elluminate and to Steve Hargadon in particular. • Language Research Centre, University of Calgary
  • Global Trends in Language Learning in the 21st Century Find links to the full-text paper at: http://wp.me/pNAh3-8I
  • Introduction • Today’s language classroom is vastly different from that of the mid- to late 20th century. • This study considers: ✦ Second Language (SL) ✦ Foreign Language (FL) ✦ Other Language (OL). • Meta-analysis of current research.
  • Language Learning: What’s out • Vague, hollow promises that can't be proven.
  • Language Learning: What’s out • Saying that learning languages is easy.
  • Language Learning: What’s out • Authoritative teacher attitudes.
  • Language Learning: What’s out • Complaining about cutbacks and lack of funding.
  • Language Learning: What’s out • Language labs.
  • Language Learning: What’s in • Clear, provable demonstrations of learning.
  • Language Learning: What’s in • Frameworks, benchmarks and other asset-based approaches to assessment.
  • Language Learning: What’s in • Individualized, customizable, learner-centred approaches.
  • Language Learning: What’s in • Proving the value of language learning through stories and speech.
  • Language Learning: What’s in • Using technology for language learning.
  • Language Learning: What’s in • Linking language learning to leadership skills.
  • Language Learning: What’s in • Showing funders the impact their investment has on our students, our communities and our world.
  • Top 5 Tips • Keep learning learner-centred. • Make learning make sense - in the real world. • Show the impact of learning a language. • Use asset-based approaches to evaluation. • Integrate technology.
  • Evaluation I love feedback! http://bit.ly/aRs2F2
  • Thank you! Choose your thank you gift: Available from www.drsaraheaton.wordpress.com
  • Contact Information • Sarah Elaine Eaton, Ph.D. • www.eatonintl.com • www.drsaraheaton.wordpress.com • sarahelaineeaton@gmail.com • Twitter: DrSarahEaton • Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/saraheaton