Using Technology In The Language Classroom


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Using Technology In The Language Classroom

  1. 1. Erin Lowry Centro Cultural Salvadoreño March 6 & 7, 2007
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Why use technology </li></ul><ul><li>“ Traditional” and “new” technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Various technologies and how they can be used in the language classroom </li></ul>
  3. 3. What are some examples of technological tools you could use in the classroom?
  4. 4. What can you do with technology in the language classroom? <ul><li>Can be used as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>an instructional tool in the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a delivery system for learner instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>as instructional content itself </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. “ Traditional” Technology Tools <ul><li>Stereos & televisions </li></ul><ul><li>Overhead projectors & document cameras </li></ul><ul><li>Audiotapes & CDs </li></ul><ul><li>Videotapes & DVDs </li></ul><ul><li>Cameras & camcorders </li></ul><ul><li>Telephones </li></ul>
  6. 6. Using Movies and TV Shows <ul><li>Creating activities to go along with video </li></ul><ul><li>Adapting video </li></ul><ul><li>Using video as something other than a “filler” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why Use Multimedia? <ul><li>Multimedia activities encourage students to work in groups, express their knowledge in multiple ways, solve problems , revise their own work, and construct knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real-world skills related to technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The value of teamwork </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective collaboration techniques </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The impact and importance of different media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The challenges of communicating to different audiences </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Disadvantages to Multimedia <ul><li>Some constraints in the classroom include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technological resources, both hardware and software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technological skills, for both the students and teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time required to plan, design, develop, and evaluate multimedia activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes the technology simply doesn’t work! </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. “ New” Technology Tools <ul><li>Computers, data projectors, and the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Stand-alone software </li></ul><ul><li>MP3 players </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iTunes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Handhelds & cell phones </li></ul>
  10. 10. What is CALL? <ul><li>Computer-assisted Language Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is NOT a replacement for a live teacher </li></ul>
  11. 11. What can we do with CALL? <ul><li>Collaborative projects </li></ul><ul><li>Peer editing of compositions </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforcement of classroom material </li></ul><ul><li>Games and simulations </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging and podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>WebQuests </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic language learning opportunities </li></ul>
  12. 12. Suggestions for Online Learning <ul><li>We need to consider how learning will be affected by using an online environment </li></ul><ul><li>3 suggestions for effective use of the web for online learning: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>provide access to rich sources of information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>encourage meaningful interaction with content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bring people together to challenge, support, or respond to each other (Wilson & Lowry, 2000) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Building Online Community <ul><li>Final suggestion is a recommendation that a supportive community is needed to make online learning effective. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A sense of community is not an incidental effect of the design of instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community is a necessary element to promote higher-level thinking (Schwier, 2001; Wilson, 2001; Kanuka, 2002) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Online Authentic Language Sources <ul><li>Mass media </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New York Times </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice of America </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BBC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NPR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newsweek </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time Magazine (for kids) </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Benefits of Using Computers in the Language Classroom <ul><li>Multimodal practice with feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Individualization in a large class </li></ul><ul><li>Pair & small group work on projects </li></ul><ul><li>Fun factor </li></ul><ul><li>Variety in resources available & learning styles used </li></ul><ul><li>Real-life skill-building in computer use </li></ul>(Warschauer and Healy, 1998)
  16. 16. More Tools <ul><li>Course Management Software </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs ( Blogger , Wordpress ) </li></ul><ul><li>Photo Management (Flickr, </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis ( pbwiki , Wikispaces , Wetpaint ) </li></ul><ul><li>Website design </li></ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Chat or telephony services </li></ul><ul><li>And more! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Discovery Puzzlemaker <ul><li>Assignments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose a topic for two puzzles and share with group. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a puzzle and post links to Yahoo Group for their classmates’ comments </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Filamentality <ul><li>Assignments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read about Filamentality and choose a type of activity to create for a specific group of students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comment on choice with group. Create the activity and post the link in a message on our Yahoo!Group. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit a few of the activities produced by participants in the group and comment on them. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Filamentality Options <ul><li>Hotlist </li></ul><ul><li>Treasure Hunt </li></ul><ul><li>Subject Sampler </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Scrapbook </li></ul><ul><li>WebQuest </li></ul>
  20. 20. WebQuests <ul><li>Go beyond learning facts and want to get into grayer, more challenging aspects of the topic </li></ul><ul><li>Presents student groups with a challenging task, scenario, or problem to solve </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current events, controversial social and environmental topics work well </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Listening <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Listening Practice from – Listening practices for learners of different proficiency levels with accent listening gallery and listening lesson plans. </li></ul><ul><li>English Listening Room – Listen to songs and fill in the blanks. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Pronunciation & Speaking <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Sounds of English – Online resources on the pronunciation of pairs of sounds in text, audio and graphic formats. </li></ul><ul><li>BBC Education – Varieties of games with animation and audio on the basic phonics such as consonant cluster, CVC words and long vowels. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Grammar <ul><li>Grammar Guide – Comprehensive online resource for grammar usage with explanations and examples. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Reading & Vocabulary <ul><li>Vocabulary for ELLs - a collection of links for learners from Ohio ESL. </li></ul><ul><li>Online Books - from the University of Pennsylvania. </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Activities - </li></ul><ul><li>Puzzlemaker </li></ul>
  25. 25. Writing <ul><li>Writing Guidelines – Online resources of guidelines on different genres of writing (tips, sample writings, etc.). </li></ul><ul><li>Paragraph Punch – An educational software that guide learners step by step through the whole process of writing a passage. </li></ul><ul><li>Writing Den – Writing tips and quizzes at word, sentence, and paragraph levels to help learners to improve their writing skills. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Other Online Resources <ul><li>Technology for language teaching . Ohio ESL. </li></ul><ul><li>OneStopEnglish . From MacMillan. Lesson plans and ideas for activities. </li></ul><ul><li>BBC Teaching English . Ideas on teaching, tips, lesson plans, and more. </li></ul>