Language and Culture through Technology. The Challenge ” “ <ul><li>Lourdes Rey </li></ul><ul><li>Universidad del Norte </l...
An Experience integrating… <ul><li>This report describes the experience of integrating communication technologies to suppo...
An Experience integrating… <ul><li>Context:   </li></ul><ul><li>students were not motivated to attend their English classe...
An Experience integrating… <ul><li>Technology because … </li></ul><ul><li>It challenges and motivates students.  </li></ul...
An Experience integrating… <ul><li>Technology because … </li></ul><ul><li>Production of  varied and creative language  </l...
An Experience integrating… <ul><li>Culture because … </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural self-awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Respect (...
 
Objective: P romote the use of communication technologies to support the linguistic and intercultural development of Engli...
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES <ul><li>Evaluate the use of Skype and Webct  as effective tools for the development of language and in...
1. Instituto de Idiomas. Universidad del Norte. Three groups of the second level of English Language program.  A1 Level of...
Mi nombre es Brian Love. Soy de Rockingham I’m Maria Alejandra. I’m from Barranquilla THE EXPERIENCE <ul><li>The Experienc...
THE EXPERIENCE <ul><li>Designing the experience </li></ul><ul><li>Comparison of language goals, topics and students langua...
Summary of Activities Topic Tool Description My Personal Information Webct forum: asynchronic activity. In class. Talk abo...
Achievements. <ul><li>Motivation: students´ active participation, positive attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Identity reinforceme...
Achievements. <ul><li>Teacher training: technology users </li></ul><ul><li>Going beyond boundaries: Institutional developm...
Constraints <ul><li>Availability of resources: </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of familiarity with the tool: first time skype users...
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  1. 1. Language and Culture through Technology. The Challenge ” “ <ul><li>Lourdes Rey </li></ul><ul><li>Universidad del Norte </li></ul><ul><li>TESOL 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Boston </li></ul>
  2. 2. An Experience integrating… <ul><li>This report describes the experience of integrating communication technologies to support the development of language and cultural competences </li></ul>
  3. 3. An Experience integrating… <ul><li>Context: </li></ul><ul><li>students were not motivated to attend their English classes . L2 not a priority. </li></ul><ul><li>Needs Analysis : the computer, extra activities during their free time </li></ul><ul><li>Decisions : language laboratory , communication technologies available, teacher development, networking. </li></ul>
  4. 4. An Experience integrating… <ul><li>Technology because … </li></ul><ul><li>It challenges and motivates students. </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction and negotiation of meaning: social process. </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction with authentic audience. </li></ul><ul><li>Authenticity of tasks. </li></ul>
  5. 5. An Experience integrating… <ul><li>Technology because … </li></ul><ul><li>Production of varied and creative language </li></ul><ul><li>Enough time for feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Attention to learning process </li></ul><ul><li>Ideal stress/anxiety level </li></ul><ul><li>Support to learner’s Autonomy </li></ul>
  6. 6. An Experience integrating… <ul><li>Culture because … </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural self-awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Respect (valuing other cultures); </li></ul><ul><li>Openness (withholding judgment); </li></ul><ul><li>Curiosity & discovery (tolerating ambiguity) </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding and knowledge of culture </li></ul>
  7. 8. Objective: P romote the use of communication technologies to support the linguistic and intercultural development of English language students at Instituto de Idiomas, Universidad del Norte GENERAL OBJECTIVE
  8. 9. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES <ul><li>Evaluate the use of Skype and Webct as effective tools for the development of language and intercultural competencies. </li></ul><ul><li>Determine the level of progress in language learning after the experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Determine the level of progress in interculural development after the experience. </li></ul>
  9. 10. 1. Instituto de Idiomas. Universidad del Norte. Three groups of the second level of English Language program. A1 Level of L2(CEFR). 60 students participated. 2. Richmond Senior High, Richmond, North Carolina. Three groups of Levels 1 & 2 of Spanish Language Program. A1 Level of L2 (CEFR). 60 students participated. PARTICIPANTS 1 2
  10. 11. Mi nombre es Brian Love. Soy de Rockingham I’m Maria Alejandra. I’m from Barranquilla THE EXPERIENCE <ul><li>The Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Design of tasks, timeline and selection of technology to be used. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Development of the experience </li></ul><ul><li>3. Evaluation of achievement </li></ul>
  11. 12. THE EXPERIENCE <ul><li>Designing the experience </li></ul><ul><li>Comparison of language goals, topics and students language level in both programs. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Virtual exchange: using the webct and skype </li></ul><ul><li>3. Emphasis on communication. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Tasks focused on culture </li></ul><ul><li>5. Pairing students </li></ul>
  12. 13. Summary of Activities Topic Tool Description My Personal Information Webct forum: asynchronic activity. In class. Talk about them, their families, city and country My Personal Information: wanting to know more Chat: synchronic activity. Peer correction and self monitoring strategies. In class Find out more about the peer student. This is me Webct forum: asynchronic activity. In class. Design a p.p presentation with pictures about them. Peers would comment on it Interacting Skype. In class Talk to each other (in Spanish and English)
  13. 14. Achievements. <ul><li>Motivation: students´ active participation, positive attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Identity reinforcement: expressed their nationalistic pride. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration: peer work, responsibility of their peer´s learning process. </li></ul><ul><li>Language improvement: negotiation, use of the language for a real purpose. </li></ul>
  14. 15. Achievements. <ul><li>Teacher training: technology users </li></ul><ul><li>Going beyond boundaries: Institutional development, participation in international projects and in academic events. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology use: implementation of NCT in language teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Respect and tolerance towards others </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion of intercultural exchange </li></ul>
  15. 16. Constraints <ul><li>Availability of resources: </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of familiarity with the tool: first time skype users. </li></ul><ul><li>Technicalities: Quality of sound and image. </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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