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  • Aim of presentation to show good practice and the range of possibilities with young learners 6-14 Many of the ideas are a combination of software produced for native speakers and ELT resources for young learners. I have chosen to use the term ICT (information and communications technology) rather than computers as this reflects the changing approach to using new technologies in teh classroom. ICT implies a more dynamic interaction between the learner and the world of information which goes beyond what is found on the computer screen.
  • Using technology in LL

    1. 1. Technology and language learning Emma Arthur [email_address]
    2. 2. Key questions in using technology <ul><li>What can the technology contribute to learning? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the use of technology more effective than other methods? </li></ul><ul><li>Don't use computers for their own sake; think about why you're using them first. </li></ul>
    3. 3. In using technology consider: <ul><li>the contribution to learning –adaptability to suit the specific needs of all learners. </li></ul><ul><li>language skills required. </li></ul><ul><li>computer skills required- teacher and learner. </li></ul><ul><li>learner – age, style of learning, mother tongue. </li></ul><ul><li>organisation of teaching – integrated ? </li></ul><ul><li>organisation of the classroom /computers - computers in class or computer lab. </li></ul><ul><li>financial – software and hardware. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Why use technology? <ul><li>When used appropriately , it can: </li></ul><ul><li>develop further all four skills. </li></ul><ul><li>enable students to become more effective and confident learners. </li></ul><ul><li>raise the standards of student’s achievements. </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>individualise learning – appropriate level and speed. </li></ul><ul><li>develop independent learning. </li></ul><ul><li>provide the opportunity for real communication / real language use / cultural experiences. </li></ul><ul><li>Specific programs provide support for children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties. </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>provide variety. </li></ul><ul><li>provide motiviation. </li></ul><ul><li>a multisensory learning experience. </li></ul><ul><li>provide opportunites for cross-curricular activities. </li></ul><ul><li>help prepare students for the future. </li></ul>
    7. 7. What technology is available? <ul><li>Generic Software applications e.g. Microsoft Office, Powerpoint, Publisher </li></ul><ul><li>CALL specific software </li></ul><ul><li>Software designed for English teaching (not ELT) </li></ul><ul><li>Internet and collaborative technologies </li></ul><ul><li>wikis, podcasting, Slideshare, Skype, blogs. </li></ul><ul><li>Video / films: authentic and for ELT </li></ul><ul><li>Others: digital camera, video camera, digital recorder, </li></ul>
    8. 8. ELT Dedicated software (CALL) <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Does not require high level of computer literacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Is designed for ELT learners and can have very sophisticated functions. </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>CALL software is usually 'content-specific' in that the teacher cannot change the linguistic content, or the format of the activities which seek to teach that content. </li></ul><ul><li>Tends to be expensive. </li></ul><ul><li>Find reviews or try demos before you buy. </li></ul>
    9. 9. ELT Dedicated software (CALL) <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Does not require high level of computer literacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Is designed for ELT learners and can have very sophisticated functions. </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>CALL software is usually 'content-specific' in that the teacher cannot change the linguistic content, or the format of the activities which seek to teach that content. </li></ul><ul><li>Tends to be expensive </li></ul>
    10. 10. ELT software / dictionaries <ul><li>www.clarityenglish.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.wida.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.longman.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.oxford.co. uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.oup.com/elt/teachersclub/dictionaries/?cc=no (dictionaries) </li></ul><ul><li>Online bilingual dictionaries can be useful if </li></ul><ul><li>students know how to use them effectively. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Using the Internet <ul><li>Grammar games and exercises </li></ul><ul><li>News clips, video clips, sound files, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Research potential: carry out webquests </li></ul><ul><li>Webcams </li></ul><ul><li>International projects and school links </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative technology: blogging, email, Podcasting, YouTube, Flicker, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>http ://stevemc.blogmatrix.com/:entry:stevemc-2006-11-08-0000/ </li></ul>
    12. 12. Evaluation of work using technology <ul><li>Computer assessed / corrected. </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher correction using the technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Self assessement / teacher assessment through electronic portfolios. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Assistive Technology for students with reading and writing difficulties <ul><li>Supportive writing technology provides pupils with a means of compensating for some of the limitations and difficulties they have during the writing process. </li></ul><ul><li>It includes, word processors, wordbank software, word predictors, motivational programs, talking word processors, speech output facilities and speech recognition. </li></ul>

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