Combine language learning and technology to explode your teaching and learning success

Are you looking to enhance your English language teaching or learning skills to ever higher levels? Would you like to stimulate more interest in your language lessons or break out of a slump or plateau? Combine the use of a variety of language learning techniques with the ever-evolving technology to motivate your successes. Here are some helpful ideas and websites to get you started.

Blogging

Your weblog or blog is no different from the dairy products you keep online. You can write instructions, an article or post any type of information you want. Graphics and pictures can be included to illustrate the written materials. Audio and video files can also be blogged for more impact. The teacher can post a reading or assignment where students can comment directly online. No leaves, no clutter and you can watch it almost any time. Blogs have become easier to use and access and many sites allow you to set up one site for free.

Online video / audio

Most professionals have one or two email addresses. Your email can now become a communication tool between you and the learners. Email can now also include the use of images and audio or audio and video clips as well as the text of the message. Learners can send assignments as attachments or paste them into the email body. They can ask questions and receive feedback in time without waiting for the next class session. Teachers can send instructions, updates, or other information to individual learners, or also as a group without having to wait for the next scheduled class session.

Not the computer? there is no problem. In many parts of the world, e-cafes are very cheap, and in fact they are a viable alternative that students can easily afford. Entire "communities" of young learners rely on Hangouts in e-cafes in some cultures. Talk to your students about this. You might be surprised.

Using online resources for teaching / learning

The use of online games and EFL training sites for student forums, teachers, communities, and activities have exploded in recent months in many parts of the world. Virtual communities and online reference libraries now enable learners to solve problems, research a paper, or complete tasks that used to be disproportionately large in the past. For example, some noteworthy sites include:

o http://www.books.google.com/

A website that gives free access to books that can be read on screen

o http://www.universia.net.co

This site has a long list of virtual libraries of almost any type and links over 900 language libraries, most of which are in Spanish

o http://www.redclara.net

This website links to an advanced academic network of Latin American libraries

o http://www.lablaa.org

This site gives you access to a large number of collected works and read them online and contains exhibition pages

o Project Gutenburg's official website contains an extensive list of literary works in English that have entered the public domain. He is online at: http://promo.net/pg/

Try some of these helpful ideas and websites to start combining the use of a wide variety of language learning methods and constantly evolving technology to explode your success in teaching and learning English. If you need to know more about using these or other new technologies to enhance student interest and motivation to make teaching English more effective, please feel free to email me at the address below with questions or comments.

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