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PRACTICAL YET INEXPENSIVE IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

Dao Nguyen Anh Duc

July 18, 2009

practical ideas for using technology in teaching english
PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

“Language learning could and does occur … regardless of the presence of computers, but the inclusion of such a presence is intended to improve, expand or enhance the learning in some way.” (Hoven, 1997, p.12)

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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

What “technology” do we bring to our classroom?

TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM

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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH
  • What benefits do you get when using technology in class?
  • What hinders you from using technology in class?

SHARE YOU IDEAS HERE

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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

THE SOLUTIONS?

  • Web sources and freeware that are available for free-of-charge downloading and applying in the classroom
  • Authoring programs that allow teachers to put in their own materials that match with their lesson objectives and student level
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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

WHY AUTHORING PROGRAMS?

  • They help develop the skill of designing tasks, especially to inexperienced teachers
  • It is more interesting and motivating if the teachers can bring something of themselves into the program  enhanced creativity
  • They help fix the problem of cultural appropriateness
  • Financial matter! Teachers can modify a program for different student needs, especially when dealing with the problem of a wide range of student levels.
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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

AN OVERVIEW OF TOOLS AVAILABLE FOR USE

  • LESSON PREPARATION
    • Hot Potatoes
    • Podcasts
  • IN CLASS ACTIVITIES
    • Mind mapping software
  • OUT-OF-CLASS ACTIVITIES
    • Wikis
    • Wiziq
  • DOING RESEARCH
    • Online survey generating programs
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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

HOT POTATOES

  • The program was designed by Half-Baked Software, Inc.
  • Hot Potatoes is not freeware.
  • A free version for all users will be released in September 1, 2009 (latest announcement from Half-Baked Software, Inc. )
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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

HOT POTATOES

  • Teachers use the program's exercise templates to make interactive, Web-based exercises.
  • The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications
    • Multiple-choice
    • Short-answer
    • Jumbled-sentence
    • Crossword
    • Matching/ordering
    • Gap-filling
  • Teachers can also incorporate images, audio and video files into the exercises
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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

USE OF HOT POTATOES

  • Warm-up activities
  • Vocabulary teaching and review
  • Grammar practice
  • Reading Comprehension exercises
  • Listening Comprehension exercises
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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

PODCASTS

  • A portmanteau of "iPod" and "broadcast"
  • An on-demand media file that can be automatically downloaded from the web to a computer or portable media player for listening offline
  • One type of "show" with new episodes released either periodically or at planned intervals such as daily, weekly, etc.
  • A means for students to get access to "authentic" listening sources about almost any subject they may interest them (http://podcast.com/)
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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

USE OF PODCASTS

  • A basis for listening comprehension exercises developed from authentic materials
  • A means of generating conversation based on students' reaction to podcasts
  • A way of providing each and every student diverse listening materials
  • Sample:

http://www.eslpod.com/website/index_new.html#

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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

USE OF PODCASTS

  • Distribution of lecture archives for review
  • Delivery of supplemental educational materials and content
  • Assignments requiring students to produce and submit their own podcasts
  • How?
    • Example: http://podcast.com/login.php
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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

MIND MAPPING SOFTWARE

  • Users create Mindmaps without drawing them.
  • This can be a great way to save time because presentable documents can be created and shared very quickly.
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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

USE OF MIND MAPPING SOFTWARE

  • Teaching vocabulary
  • Presenting complex materials
  • Summarizing ideas from texts and discussions
  • Brainstorming (as a class and in groups)
  • Managing and sharing ideas from discussions
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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

WIKIS

  • In Hawaiian, “wiki” means “quick”.
  • A wiki refers to a particular type of website that allows multiple editors to easily contribute to and edit the content of the site
  • The most famous example of a Wiki is Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page)
  • It is ideal for collaborative writing
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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

USE OF WIKIS

  • Group assignments / projects
  • Group debates
  • Peer self-help pages and peer review of assignments
  • Subject glossary
  • Sample wiki: http://ducdao.wikispaces.com/
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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

WIZIQ

  • An online teaching platform providing a free virtual classroom environment for teachers to interact online and teach students in real time
  • The sessions are recorded and are available online on WiZiQ.
  • There are no costs for using the virtual classroom.
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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

WIZIQ

  • Useful tools:
    • A whiteboard with powerful drawing tools, which users can turn into multiple whiteboards
    • Content uploading and sharing capabilities: PowerPoint slide shows, PDF files
    • Audio-video conferencing
    • Text chat
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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

USE OF WIZIQ

  • Tutoring
  • Group work / discussions
  • Distance learning, especially when it is incorporated in as a module in Moodle
  • Sample session: http://authorlive.wiziq.com/aliveext/recording.aspx?VIFBJLbQddKbDwcsoTR6Rbft8XXy%2b9f2LsGclqSKb9Iot02wgS96xi%2f1Ch%2fuFP3RJw6AI82y71SV%2bb10gJqpQfe7dnt9LONJ
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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

ONLINE SURVEY GENERATING PROGRAM

  • These programs provide useful tools for
    • creating surveys easily by using simply a web browser
    • delivering surveys online
    • collecting and analyzing survey results
  • Most programs of this kind are not free. There are, however, some basic versions that are available for use with no cost.
  • One of such programs is Survey Monkey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/)
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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

Whether or not a technology can be used effectively in the English classroom depends on the knowledge and creativity of the teacher.

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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING ENGLISH

REFERENCES

  • Collis, B. (1996). The Internet as an educational innovation: Lessons from experience with computer implementation. Educational Technology, 36 (6), 21-30.
  • Felix, U. (1999). Exploiting the Web for language teaching: Selected approaches. ReCALL, 11 (1), 30-37.
  • Harrison, R. (1998). The evolution of networked computing in the teaching of Japanese as a foreign language. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 11 (4), 437-452.
  • Hoven, D. (1997). Improving the management of flow of control in computer-assisted listening comprehension tasks for second and foreign language learners. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Queensland, Brisbane.
  • Murray, L., & Barnes, A. (1998). Beyond the "wow" factor - evaluating multimedia language learning software from a pedagogical viewpoint. System, 26, 249-259.
  • Scholfield, P. Evaluation of CALL software [Internet]. Retrieved 18/07, 2003, from the World Wide Web: http://privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~scholp/calleval.html
  • Sussex, R., & White, P. (1996). Electronic networking in applied linguistics. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 16.