Enhancing Language Learning

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Enhancing Language Learning

with

Technology

Dr. Michael Rost

michael.rost@latcomm.com

www.latcomm.com/blog




Some images of new
technology



memory

techniques



collaborative

learning



mind
-
body

training


interactive

scaffolding



adaptive

instruction



speech

recognition


multimedia

access


connectivity


networking






The plan…


Explore

our own orientations toward language
learning and technology


Identify

areas for enhancement


Give

a quick review of

Best in Show


prototypes


Review

keys to successful implementation


Entertain

Q & A



Personal Orientations

Personal Orientations





Task:
What are 3 tools that are essential in
your

teaching? Explain reasons for your choices.

MR’s Backstory:

Incorporating technology











Togo


the value of
Zero
Technology


Thailand


the value of


New Technology


UCB


the value of

Collaborative Use of Technology


LEI


the value of

Packaging Technology


Michael Rost 2011



Looking at theories of using technology in
language learning

Task:


What are the
learners
doing in each
scenario? (Use a POV student perspective.)


What technology (instructional or
electronic) is being used?


What is the

learning value


in each
scenario?

Personal Orientations


Example 1:

Example 2:

Example 3:

Differences lie in…




Degree of learner action &/ participation



Type of task, length of task, type of outcome



Instructional

睯w汤




汥慲湩n朠捵汴畲e




“position of teacher”, “position of co
-
learners”

Michael Rost 2011


What does the research suggest?



Classroom only > Distance (TD) only




Hybrid (Classroom + TD) > Classroom only




Hybrid > Classroom only > Distance (TD)
only

The upshot:



TD learning alone is generally
not
as effective as
classroom learning alone =>



Attempt to have
appropriate balance

of
classroom to TD.



TD learning + Classroom learning is almost
always more effective
than classroom learning
alone. =>


Find ways of supplementing classroom learning
with TD learning.

Differences in effect are
due to:



teacher
involvement


learner
strategy
training


accountability
of Ss (record keeping)


choice (and variety) of online
tools


choice (and variety) of
content


Michael Rost 2011


The Challenge!


Limited Time
to achieve:


-

Intermediate language
proficiency in 4 skills


-

Readiness for
academic study
in the L2


-

21
st

Century
learning

skills

What kinds of enhancements are needed?

Goal 1:
Language Acquisition


• Reading
= increase in speed/quantity, comprehension,
semantic depth, strategy development

• Listening
= increase in speed/quantity, comprehension,
semantic depth, strategy development

• Conversation
=increase in accuracy, depth,
participation strategies, presentation quality

• Writing
= increase in accuracy, semantic depth,
appropriateness

Aside: How long does it take to
learn a L2?

What kind of enhancements are needed?

Goal 2:
Academic Readiness


• Massive
Vocabulary
Growth


Comprehension
of Lectures


Participation
in Discussions


Self Management

of Tasks and Goals



Aside: What strategies lead to
readiness?

What kind of enhancements are needed?

Goal 3:
21
st

Century Skills


• Connection

• Communication


Collaborations


Critical Thinking


Creative Expression


Aside: What are 21
st

Century
Skills

Best in Show


Language Acquisition



Academic Preparation



21
st

Century Skills


Power of Five

Best in Class: Teacher Blogs


English with Jennifer

http://englishwithjennifer.wordpress.com/


English Raven

http://jasonrenshaw.typepad.com/


ELT from A to Z

http://scottthornbury.wordpress.com/


That

s Life

http://slife.dudeney.com

• TEFL Matters

http://www.facebook.com/Marisa.Constantinides


Critical mass elt

http://sjhannam.edublogs.org


Best in Class: Learning Management
Systems



Wordress
www.wordpress.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWYi4_COZMU


Blackboard
http://www.blackboard.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwpvBy7tx3A


Drupal
www.drupal.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q2aPi9ZEgs


Joomla
www.joomla.com

http://people.joomla.org/videos/video/380
-
joomla

-
example
-
sites.html?groupid=567


Moodle
www.moodle.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o1fMQsfzoQ











Best in Class: Grammar

• Grammarly

World

s most accurate grammar checker




checks written texts

http://www.grammarly.com


• Azar Grammar
Teacher
-
created worksheets on discrete
grammar points

www.azargrammar.com

• Many Things

Simple interactively scored activities,
organized topically

http://www.manythings.org/

• Activities for ESL
Range of self
-
scoring quizzes

http://a4esl.org


Listen and Write
Dictation practice, lots of dictation
practice

http://www.listen
-
and
-
write.com/





Best in Class: Listening


Broadcasts from the BBC
A range of audio and video broadcasts available for
online streaming.


www.bbc.co/uk/worldservice/BBC_English/progs.htm


YouTube Selection
Selected YouTube videos, subtitled by members
http://yappr.com


Free TV
Watch your favorite TV shows. Anytime. For free.
http://www.hulu.com/



English Language Listening Lounge
Massive number of interesting interviews,
tasks, vocabulary and cultural notes

www.elllo.org


Awesome Stories

The story place of the web


Tell yours, listen to others

.
www.awesomestories.com













Best in Class: Conversation


Google Voice

Free phone voice messages, transcribed
automatically (80%), feedback mechanism

https://www.google.com/voice/


ESL Gold
includes situations, conversation topics, speaking tasks

www.eslgold.com/speaking.html



Chatterbox Challenge


variety of controlled conversations with
chatterbots

www.chatterboxchallenge.com



Voice Thread


Group conversations (asynchronous) around
images, documents and video clips

www.voicethread
.com



English Baby


Forums and chat rooms for conversation

www.englishbaby.com






Best in class: Vocabulary


Vocabahead


short videos to illustrate vocab for standardized
tests

http://www.vocabahead.com



Word a Day


receive a new word each day

http://dictionary.reference.com/wordoftheday/list/


Visual Thesaurus


Visualize word webs

http://www.visualthesaurus.com


Corpus Based Learning


Use large database of spoken English to
learn collocations and contexts

http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/


Listen to English
Focuses on short pedagogic podcasts and
vocabulary building


www.listen
-
to
-
english.com


Best in Class: Academic Prep

• Khan Academy
Learn almost anything (mostly about science)

http://www.khanacademy.org/


• Academic Earth
Online courses from the world's top scholars.

www.academicearth.org


Brain Pop
animated, curriculum
-
based content that engages
students

http://www.brainpop.co.uk/


Wikiversity


Audio and Text
-
based courses,

set learning free


http://wikiversity.org/wiki/Wikiversity


Literacy Net
Graded and supported readings on a range of
topics, with skill building exercises

http://www.literacynet.org



Best in Class:

Connection and Collaboration


The Common Language Project
Inform each other on

crucial human issues of our time.


http://clpmag.org/about.php


Language Exchange
Meet other international students and
communicate via Skype

http://www.language
-
exchanges.org


Livemocha


Welcome to the world

s largest language
learning community.


www.livemocha.com


Social Networks
Connect with others, locally and
internationally, promote yourself and your interests; pre
-
fab
communities

www.facebook.com
,
www.orkut.com


Online Communities
Connect with others for specific
purposes

http://mashable.com/?s=online+communities




Best in Class: Critical Thinking


TED

(Technology, Entertainment, Design)
Leading
innovators, short illustrated talks


www.ted.com



Survey Monkey
Inquire about people

s opinions, analyze
results (with e.g.
Compelling Conversations
)

www.surveymonkey.com


Critical Thinking Course

Students learn about claims,
arguments, validity, conclusions

www.criticalthinkingcourse.com



Qualia Soup
A YouTube channel discussing controversial
topics and arguments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
-
h9XntsSEro&feature=relmfu



Journal Writing Prompts
300 prompts for reflective
journal writing

http://creativewritingprompts.com




Best in Class:

Communication (Self
-
Expression)


Write and record your own story


www.storycorps.org



Direct and post your own videos

www.vimeo.com

• Assemble and narrate multimedia shows slideshows

www.smilebox.com

www.animoto.com

• Share your own presentations

www.slideshare.com

• Design original multimedia presentations

http://prezi.com/






Best in Class: Learning Games


The Experiential Learning Group
Offers listening games
oriented for adults.

www.experiential
-
learning
-
games.com/listeninggames.html

• ESL Games World
Flash
-
based games for lower levels

http://www.eslgamesworld.com/

http://topwordgames.com/


Multiplayer Games (MMOG)
Interact with other players
around the world

http://www.novelgames.com/multiplayerflashgames/

• English Wizz
A Jeopardy style board game on over 300
world topics

www.englishwizz.com


Free Thinking Games
A variety of critical thinking games

www.freethinkinggames.com




Best in Class: Free Tools


Skype
(+ Ecamm)
-

record your conversations

www.skype.com
,
www.ecamm.com


Google Docs
-

use spreadsheets to track students


tasks

http://docs.google.com


Facebook

-

create a class page

www.facebook.com


Drop Box
keep a portfolio of student work

https://www.dropbox.com


i
-
Tunes
Post and access audio, video, learning apps

www.apple.com/itunes


Keys to Successful Use of New
Technologies

• Compelling
Content

• State of the art
navigation

****

• Injecting Learning
Strategy
Instruction

• Keeping Learner at Center:
Presentations
and

Peer
Teaching

• Adding
Evaluation

(+/
-
, Performance Scales )

• Valuing Learner
Feedback
(Likert Scales,

Yelp!


suggestions)

***

• Integrating
technology with sound teaching approach

• Monitoring,
Coaching
, Supplementing, Personalizing

• Keeping
Records
of learner performance


Teacher Commitment, Confidence, and Passion

Michael Rost 2011


Thank you for your
participation…




Michael Rost

michael.rost@latcomm.com


latcomm.com/blog


Please contact me with feedback

and let me know your own “Best in Class” ideas!



Some References


Healy, D. et al. (2011_ TESOL Technology Standards. TESOL.


Horizon Project
http://horizon.wiki.nmc.org/About+The+Horizon+Project


MSU Michigan State's Confucius Institute and MMOG for Chinese:
http://b2e.nitle.org/index.php/2007/01/26/massively_multiplayer_onlin
e_learning


Thorne, S. L. (2009). 'Community', Semiotic Flows, and Mediated
Contribution to Activity.
Language Teaching
, 42(1): 81
-
94.



Thorne, S. L. & Reinhardt, J. (2008).

Bridging Activities,


New
Media Literacies and Advanced Foreign Language Proficiency.
CALICO Journal,
25(3): 558
-
572.



Wesch, Michael (2011) The Machine is Us:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gmP4nk0EOE&eurl
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Some (
advance organizer
) aphorisms


No ______to lose



3000 _____________a day



all

learning is __________learning


• acquisition is initiated by

_________







best teaching is through

_________