Here is a discussion topic that I want to throw out to anyone, especially those interested in additional languages.  What are some ways that technology could be used to enhance the learning of an additional language?

As a French teacher, I want to be able to provide as much assistance and provide as many resources to my students as possible. Some of the ways that I’ve used technology in teaching French as a Second language are:

  • Smartboard activites: there are many “ready to go” smartboard ressources online for French teachers. Students would use these if they were done their work or often used as revision
  • youtube videos: Every week, I introduced my students to a new French artist or band and we’d study the lyrics and listen/watch the song
  • using the internet to expose students to other French accents other than mine or my co-op teachers

Being in ECMP 355 has given me so many new ideas on how technology could be so beneficial to students learning a new language. Some of the ideas that I brainstormed are:

  • Getting students to use audio recordings to present oral reports or to use it as a journal every week
  • Videos to record interviews or make presentations
  • Blogging as another form of journal keeping on a regular basis
  • Twitter to connect with other similar classrooms around the world

If you have other ideas, please add them to the list!

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Comments on: "Technology as an aid to additional-language learning" (4)

  1. Iain Robertson said:

    Hi Celeste

    Great ideas that you have for language learning. A couple of others to add to your list:

    1. Reaching out via Skype (there is now Skype for Educators) for a similar class looking to polish up on their English

    2. Linking up with another class and creating bilingual digital stories using Voicethread (www.voicethread.com). Here the students could practice and also interact as peers learning with and from each other

    Thanks for sharing.
    Iain

  2. Hi Celeste,

    I’ve found Glogster, Wordle, Google Voice and Skype terrific tools to use with language students.

    For suggestions on how to use these and other tools, you might like to join the weekly #langchat for language educators on Twitter. It runs every Thursday evening from 8-9 p.m. EST and is a great way to learn with and from our language educator colleagues. You can vote on this week’s topic here and find the chat archives here.

    Hope to see you there!

  3. Facebook could be a way to connect with other french students/speakers. Also your students could produce their own french resources through wiki and developing their own you tube videos.

  4. Games! There are tons of online games to practice language skills and vocab. I love you idea of using YouTube to expose your students to new artists. When I took French (100 years ago)we had to make a magazine – maybe having students create an e-zine would be a technology driven alternative. I had my journalism students use wikispaces to create ezines.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Megaen

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