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1 Enhancing language learning through technology: teaching in the 21 st Century: Pete Sharma Linguarama Cheney Court November 2011

2 Knowledge – Skills - Attitude K S A 3 numbers

3 (1) New era! Blended learning Digital immigrants vs digital natives (Prensky) Web 1.0 – Web 2.0 – user content / collaborative

4 (2) Controversial: Multiple perspectives Multiple perspectives Teacher Student Trainer DOS $$$ School Publisher Author Designer Developer Theory

5 Corpus linguistics (3)Technology - changed language teaching forever

6 (4) Range of course types face-to-faceBlended: 3 + CD-ROMdistance

7 (5) Importance of attitude

8 (6) CALL is situation-specific (7) Centralicity of pedagogy What is it? So what? How to use it?

9 Critical analysis of technologies 1)Interactive whiteboards 2)Blogs 3)Wikis 4)Virtual Learning Environments 5)M-learning

10 Interactive whiteboards

11 UpsideDownside Memorable presentations Better review – flipcharts Saveability Range of digital materials Always on internet – JIT teaching Heads-up Select answer cost need to calibrate interactivity Promote teacher-centred approach Pedagogical value?

12 Blogs UpsideDownside Easy to set up / free Encourage global audience for learner work Wash-back on accuracy Does everyone contribute? Does the teacher correct student work?

13 Wikis UpsideDownside collaborative process writing history to see changes not intuitive not everyone wishes for peer correction

14 Focus on appropriacy Same time same place Same time different place Different time different place Same place different time Synchronous Asynchronous

15 Virtual Learning Environments UpsideDownside information on demand appropriacy e.g. critical thinking pre / post course tasks time-consuming to learn empty at first blended courses pleasing no-one

16 M-learning learning that happens when the learner takes advantage of the learning opportunities offered by mobile technologies.

17 On the move In-class PullPush Scales / dimensions Class-set Own devices Rich content Discrete content Resource tool One-off

18 Hardware Mobile-phone / Smart-phone iPod / iPod touch / mp3 player Laptop / Notebook - Netbook Tablet PC / iPad / Samsung Galaxy E-book readers Learner response devices Electronic translator

19 Software plus Dictionaries Grammar practice Services ELT material Apps

20 M-learning UpsideDownside buzz-term add value just enough, just in time, just for me exciting apps Range of interpretations Over-reference to apps ELT or authentic?

21 Five controversies Will ELT course books disappear? Should schools buy an IWB? Should students have mobile phones switched off in class? Should classroom learners be supported with VLEs? Should teachers use YouTube in their lessons?

22 Practical teaching ideas 1) Grammar 2) Vocabulary 3) Language skills Receptive: L & R Productive: S & W 4) Phonology 5) Games

23 (1) Grammar - Infinite clone tool Right or wrong? I am born in Poona I have seen Mark yesterday I am in London for two days If I will see James, I will give him the message

24 Unlikely-likely language 40 persons / 40 people. We're at Stockholm / We're in Stockholm If we would have done that……. Did you do that already? / Have you done it yet? If I was you / If I were you Charles, you're not understanding me

25 (2) Vocabulary - Word frequency

26 Sentences out of sequence 3.1 Receptive skills - Listening

27 3.2 Receptive skills - Reading

28 3.3 Productive skills -Speaking Students should turn off their mobile phones in class Vote now: 1 – Yes 2 - Unsure 3 – No

29 Speaking: Flip-video

30 3.4 Productive skills - Writing Wikis

31 (4) Phonology

32 (5) Games

33 New technologies – new pedagogies? Beyond the wow factor Pedagogy, pedagogy, pedagogy No magic bullet Digital divide – attitude Technology can be inexpensive & liberating


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