Assisting Language Learning Through Technology


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Assisting Language Learning Through Technology

  1. 1. Assisting Language Learning Through Technology<br />Katelyn Biggane<br />28 July 2009<br />Literacy & Technology<br />Mount Saint Mary College<br />Newburgh, NY<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />Why should you use technology in the classroom? What can you do with it?<br />Traditional Technologies vs. New Technologies<br />CALL<br />Types of tools to use<br />Advantages<br />Disadvantages<br />
  3. 3. Why use technology to assist language learning?<br />Using technology in the classroom can assist language learning for English, ESL, Languages other than English, and Special Education.<br />Increases contact with language<br />Adds motivation<br />Develops critical thinking skills, collaboration, technology skills, and it could be the one way that students will successfully acquire the information.<br />Today’s students have an affinity for using technology, touching, doing, and we want to target their desire to learn differently. <br />
  4. 4. Traditional Technology vs. New Technology<br />
  5. 5. CALL<br />Computer-Assisted Language Learning<br />The philosophy of CALL puts a strong emphasis on student-centered lessons. CALL centers on interactive learning and individualized learning.<br />Sometimes called TELL (Technology-Enhanced Language Learning.<br />Allows for Collaborative projects, peer editing for compositions, and reinforcing course content<br />For more information:<br />The Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium<br />CALL on the Web<br />
  6. 6. Blogs<br />Easy to use<br />Chronological <br />Close evaluation<br />Self-monitoring<br />Asynchronous for extended interaction<br />Individual feedback from teacher<br />Includes audio/video<br />
  7. 7. Interactive Whiteboards<br />Interactive editing<br />Collaborative writing<br />Spelling games<br />Word activities<br />Sentence strips<br />
  8. 8. Skype<br />Allows free voice/video calls over the internet<br />50 Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom<br />
  9. 9. Wikis<br />Collaborative environments where multiple users can edit the pages<br />PBworks<br />Wetpaint<br />Wikia<br />
  10. 10. Mind maps/Graphic Organizers<br />Vocabulary<br />Grammar<br />Diction<br />Syntax <br />Gliffy<br />Inspiration<br />Mindmeister<br />
  11. 11. Word Art<br />Create poems<br />Use vocabulary<br />Tell a story<br />Wordle<br />PicLit<br />
  12. 12. One Word<br />Practice writing<br />Free writes<br />One word. <br />So little time.<br />
  13. 13. Activities<br />Randall&apos;s ESL Cyber Listening <br />Activities categorized by length or topic. <br />Arlyn Freed’s ESL/EFL Listening Resources<br />Provides reviews of web sites, pros/cons, technology used, suggestions<br />Manythings<br />Activities where students listens to songs and fill in the blanks, listen/read along to authentic pieces such as speeches and joke, podcasts<br />
  14. 14. Word Puzzles<br />Crossword Puzzles<br />Word searches<br />Discovery Puzzlemaker<br />Instant Online PM<br />
  15. 15. Advantages<br />Increased motivation<br />Learning tailored to student<br />Authenticity<br />Critical thinking skills<br />Collaboration/communication<br />Easy interaction with instructor<br />Fast and individualized feedback<br />Multimodal practice and repetition<br />Fun to use<br />More time efficient way to complete oral assignments<br />Real life skill building for technology use<br />Addresses multiple learning styles<br />
  16. 16. Disadvantages<br />Cost<br />Time to execute<br />Preparation for design and development<br />Technology constraints<br />Internet safety<br />Inability to control inappropriate content<br />Necessary skills for teacher and student<br />Sometimes technology does not work when you want it to!<br />
  17. 17. Resources:<br />Masters, A.. (2009, March). 4 Ways to Engage Today&apos;s Generation of Students. Techniques, 84(3), 8-9.  Retrieved July 28, 2009, from ProQuest Education Journals. <br />Pino, D.. (2008). Web-Based English as a Second Language Instruction and Learning: Strengths and Limitations. Distance Learning, 5(2), 65-71.  Retrieved July 28, 2009, from ProQuest Education Journals. <br />Siskin, Claire (2008, 02 21). Computer- Assisted Language Learning. Retrieved July 28, 2009, from CALL on the WEB Web site: <br />