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Technological Language Immersion

  1. 1. Redefining TESOL in the Digital Age Technological Language Immersion3/30/2011 © 2011 American TESOL Institute 1
  2. 2. TESOL2 - Technological Language Immersion •How the English language is evolving today. •How humans learn second languages now. •How humans will learn languages in the future. •Will language become obsolete?3/30/2011 © 2011 American TESOL Institute 2
  3. 3. Evolution of the English Language Do you speak Panglish? Any language is constantly evolving, so its not  A growing body of research surprising that English, transplanted to new shows electronic soil, is bearing unusual fruit. Nor is it unique communications channels like that a language, spread so far from its instant messaging have created a homelands, would begin to fracture. The obvious comparison is to Latin, which broke kind of semi-speech - language into mutually distinct languages over that is between talking and hundreds of years — French, Italian, Spanish, writing. Some say it is evidence Portuguese, Romanian. A less familiar of evolution, not of decay. example is Arabic: The speakers of its myriad dialects are connected through the written language of the Koran and, more recently,  Technology allows us to through the homogenized Arabic of Al communicate faster using Jazeera. But whats happening to English may symbols and abbreviations, be its own thing: Its mingling with so many while expending less energy to more local languages than Latin ever did, that convey the same ideas. its on a path toward a global tongue — whats coming to be known as Panglish. Soon, when Americans travel abroad, one of the languages theyll have to learn may be their own.3/30/2011 © 2011 American TESOL Institute 3
  4. 4. How do we learn a 2nd language? Traditional Methods It can take 5 to 10 years using  Art/Music traditional methods to become  Direct Based fluent in a language you are not immersed.  Communicative Factors  Vocabulary  Your age - the younger you are  Total Physical Response when you start, the better  Rassias Method  Your aptitude for language -  Computer Assisted Language some people are just better at Learning language than others  The effort you put into learning - if you practice every day youll learn and remember a lot more than someone who goes to class once a week but never practices outside of class3/30/2011 © 2011 American TESOL Institute 4
  5. 5. Technological Language ImmersionHow we will learn languages in thenear future.  Augmented Reality  Technological Language Immersion is the idea that total immersion into a second language can be achieved through machines.3/30/2011 © 2011 American TESOL Institute 5
  6. 6. How We Will Learn Languages inthe Distant Future.  Eventually humans will  Human-Computer perfect nanocomputers Symbiosis for wireless  Nanocomputers communication over networks. These nanocomputers will symbiotically fit into areas of the brain responsible for transmitting and receiving information.3/30/2011 © 2011 American TESOL Institute 6
  7. 7. Will Language Become Obsolete? In the distant future it is conceivable that communication will be achieved through human-computer symbiosis, and all forms of communication will be represented in a universal code. Sources:,,, AmericanTESOL.com3/30/2011 © 2011 American TESOL Institute 7