ECHNOLOGY AS A TOOL TO IMPROVE
SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNING
Studies reveal that the integration of computer technology can be used
to improve language development and collaboration. It can also help
solve the problems in collaboration when conducting traditional
Teachers can benefit from using online collaboration tools to improve
students' comprehension and production skills by providing them tools or
platforms for students where they can improve their written and spoken production.
With online collaborative tools, students can improve their writing skills receive more language input from their peers which can model for their own language development. It can also help with improving the attention span of the students and help them work engaged and motivated.
1. Increases motivation which is key in language learning.
Computer-generated materials are more engaging than textbooks.
2. Mobility offers to learn the language from anywhere.
3. Promotes online collaboration which develops communication
skills such as Speaking, Listening and functions within the
4. Improves written production. This can create awareness of the right use and choice of words. Students receive more written input through their friends' responses or the presented text. Some tools provide correction of words. Teachers can make real-time error corrections so errors don't fossilize.
5. Students learn in a context, making the language learning more effective.
6. Provides a richer environment where students engage in various skills such as listening, reading, and writing activities. For example, students can read more complex text types and different grammatical features.
How can technology promote online collaboration in ESL classrooms?
Popular media and new technologies can help ELLs develop both print literacy and 21st-century skills.
Teachers can use various technology tools to create opportunities for the use of communicative language.
Here are some examples of online collaborative tools that can be found online that can benefit ESL learners' language development:
-Using GoogleDocs to share documents and work on the documents simultaneously. ESL students get more input through working together and seeing others' work.
-Spiral for project collaboration and formative assessment
-Storium Edu for collaborative writing game
-Classcraft promoting collaboration and motivation
-Edmodo for online classroom collaboration
-miro for online white-board collaboration
HOW TO SUPPORT new literacy and ICT SKILLS?
Using technology as part of 21st-century learning can help students develop new literacy and ICT skills. ESL teachers can promote the reading of fiction texts, online discussion boards, social networking sites, fan communities, and video gaming in online spaces to improve new literacy skills. Student portfolios, student-made blogs, Wikis, and podcasts are shown to support ICT skills.
Infographics are the 21st century way of reading and interpreting data. It helps students to critically think about data, an idea, or information. Learners can collaboratively make meaning through reading an infographic and extract data. Through creating their own infographic, learners develop their high-order skills and research skills through finding data and conveying it to an audience.
Here are some resources to support ESL learner's language, new Literacy and ICT skills.
Students can read stories and write their own.
Students can collaborate on projects or write by creating their own online board.
Students can create their personal online journals.
Students can read news from Washington Post for kids.
Students can read Science News.
BBC News for kids.
Students can create infographics.
Students can read non-fiction text.
Students can read magazines according to topic.
Students can read drama scripts to act out.
listening & reading
Students can listen to audio stories.
Students can read stories with interactive activites.
Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
Resource for reference materials, fun facts, and features, and homework help for kids.
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Students can read with fun phonics activities.
A free public service to teach children K-3 to read.
Resource on e-books to learning aids to help with homework and projects
Interactive activities and videos for kids.
A community of fans across multiple channels with digital media.
Students read stories and watch videos and play games
Interactive and DIY activities from NASA Kids.
Commercial free public radio for kids.