Global Trends in Language Learning in the 21st Century


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  • Hi everyone. I’m Sarah Eaton. Welcome to Global Trends in Language Learning in the 21st Century. Let’s just get an idea of where everyone is from. Just to the left of the slide is a chat box. Go ahead and type in where you’re tuning in from today.... Well, that’s super! Welcome again. Let’s get started...
  • In today’s webinar we’re going to go over the findings of this new research I’ve just finished called Global Trends in Language Learning in the Twenty-first century. We’ll go over what’s out and what’s in. Then, you’ll get some practical tips on how to have a twenty-first century language classroom in the coming school year.

    I expect that the presentation should take about 20 to 25 minutes. Then we’ll open the floor to questions. If that sounds good to you, click the green check mark or type “yes” into the chat box.
  • Before I get into the presentation, I’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.

    Let’s give them a round of applause! Click the applause button in the upper left hand corner or type “clap, clap, clap” into the chat box.

    In exchange for providing Elluminate’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’s up that today’s session will be recorded.

    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’m very grateful to be a Research Associate there.

  • Global Trends in Language Learning in the 21st Century

    1. 1. Global Trends in Language Learning in the 21st Century A professional development webinar sponsored by Elluminate July 2010 Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton Researcher, Consultant, Author
    2. 2. Objectives • Introduction • What’s out • What’s in • Q &A
    3. 3. Thank You... • Thank you to Elluminate and to Steve Hargadon in particular. • Language Research Centre, University of Calgary
    4. 4. Global Trends in Language Learning in the 21st Century Find links to the full-text paper at:
    5. 5. 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.
    6. 6. Language Learning: What’s out • Vague, hollow promises that can't be proven.
    7. 7. Language Learning: What’s out • Saying that learning languages is easy.
    8. 8. Language Learning: What’s out • Authoritative teacher attitudes.
    9. 9. Language Learning: What’s out • Complaining about cutbacks and lack of funding.
    10. 10. Language Learning: What’s out • Language labs.
    11. 11. Language Learning: What’s in • Clear, provable demonstrations of learning.
    12. 12. Language Learning: What’s in • Frameworks, benchmarks and other asset-based approaches to assessment.
    13. 13. Language Learning: What’s in • Individualized, customizable, learner-centred approaches.
    14. 14. Language Learning: What’s in • Proving the value of language learning through stories and speech.
    15. 15. Language Learning: What’s in • Using technology for language learning.
    16. 16. Language Learning: What’s in • Linking language learning to leadership skills.
    17. 17. Language Learning: What’s in • Showing funders the impact their investment has on our students, our communities and our world.
    18. 18. 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.
    19. 19. Evaluation I love feedback!
    20. 20. Thank you! Choose your thank you gift: Available from
    21. 21. Contact Information • Sarah Elaine Eaton, Ph.D. • • • • Twitter: DrSarahEaton • Slideshare: