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Technology is changing the future of world language education by allowing teaching and learning to take place anywhere and everywhere.There seems to be a consensus that technology enhances teaching and learning, as well as language practice and collaboration among students, between students and teachers, and among teachers, who can work together even when separated by significant distances.


The linked article "Second Language Acquisition and the Information Age" from TESL Canada Journal article describes some of the changes to second language acquisition and the teaching and learning of world languages due to technology.

Here are two other useful articles about the role of technology in world language classrooms:

Further, teaching world languages with technology resources supports many of the ACTFL World Readiness Standards and 21st Century Outcomes.

Flipped Classroom Resources

YouTube Video - The Flipped Classroom




Technology Resources

The global Internet community provides a number of resources online that prove invaluable for world language teachers and students. Here are a few of our favorites:

Dictionaries

Typing Special Characters & Phonetic Symbols

Media

Select Language-Specific Resources

Chinese

ESL (English as a Second Language)

French

German

Italian

Japanese

Russian Spanish

Game-based learning

TED - Tom Chatfield "7 Ways Games Reward the Brain"



Web 2.0 Tools focus on moving from receptively using technology toward the creation of new media. The possible list of tools seems almost infinite. Here we have begun to curate a list of commonly used tools and resources. Utilizing carefully selected tools in your teaching can be highly motivating to students and helps to support learning through "real world" applications.

Brainstorming, Concept/Mind-mapping Tools:

Collaborative Writing Tools:

  • WordPress
  • Blogger
  • KidBlog--safe and simple blogs for the classroom; more kid-friendly
  • Lefora--Resource for creating forums, threaded discussions, etc.
  • Tumblr - Microblogging & social networking site
  • Twitter--Popular social networking site that can be used to create micro-blogs (up to 140 characters), too

Creating Review Activities:

  • Jeopardy Labs --Allows you to use existing or create new Jeopardy-style games

iPad Resources:


Learning Management Systems:


Online Flashcard Tools:

Poll/Survey Sites:

Social Bookmarking Sites: Video Resources:


To suggest additional resources for this page, contact Stacy (slamling@dmacc.edu).


 

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