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Language Learning & Technology

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Atlante Ochea

on 29 April 2010

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Transcript of Language Learning & Technology

Connecting Technology with Second Language Learning.

New Teaching Initiatives. Technology has become a significant complement of learning process in all areas of education. It offers institutions tools to complement physical students’ mobility providing them a flexible learning environment. In second language learning, technology contributes to the global development of students and meets the linguistic, cognitive, psychological, social and cultural objectives of some language teaching programs. The use of new technologies motivates students and stimulates them to learn. It provides learners with new learning experiences, up-to-date information, and full context for language taking students out of the classrooms into the real world. The impact of new technologies and the internet on Education has become habitual.
Every day we are writing e-mails, uploading information, and searching for academic articles to upload them to our students.
Google has become a very necessary tool that offers teachers and students across the world potential information. In fact, Google is commonly used to find dictionaries, to check spelling and grammar mistakes, word definitions and use, to search for articles, papers, news, novels, fairly tales, music, videos and other information. In iGoogle the benefits Information can be pulled from a number of different places, and it can be personalized to meet the needs of a single user. Word press is an excellent tool for English Teachers. It brings everything they need; teachers can find videos, articles, lesson plans, and classroom materials as well as ideas and strategies for teaching. Twitters are well known as micro-blogging applications that have many users, in second language learning Tweets can develop students’ literacy skills; since they provide learners with practice on their abilities to use language in real situations by participating in discussions, forums, asking and answering questions. Godwin (2005) suggests English teachers using Skype and Podcasting as new way to increase students’ oral production. Skype, for example, is a good alternative for voice chat programs session; learners can connect themselves to long-distance locations for free conversation practice. By using Skype, language teachers are able to encourage learner ability to talk, collaborate, and participate in class. Wikis allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor.

Livemocha is a very interesting social network which provides second language teachers and learners with the opportunity to practice the target language in collaborative way by using different tools, well planned teaching courses and the support of native speakers.
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