Enhancing Oral Communication via Technology #fslchat #langchat

Today we presented on how we use technology with our second language students to enhance oral communication.  We shared different apps, as well as how we use them to get our students talking more.  We also provided student examples when possible. Technology offers language teachers a unique opportunity in how we are now able to connect with the world around us.  It is our responsibility to use what is available to us to create engaging and innovative lessons that are meeting the needs of our 21st century learners.  We need to use the technology in ways to revolutionize our programs and empower our students to do things that weren’t possible before, without access to this technology.


When learning a second language, the need for repetition is undeniable.  While some of the activities may seem similar in nature, we are constantly finding new ways to reinforce the same words, expressions and skills that we want our students to master.  Its about getting them to have as much opportunity as possible to practice these skills in new and engaging ways.  The goal is for them to be spontaneous conversationalists, and the only way for them to reach this is for us to provide as much ‘talk time’ in class as possible.  We hope that you will find something from the handout that can be applied or adapted for your class and if you are using some of these apps (or different ones) to get your students talking more in class, please share your ideas below in the comment section.



6 Responses

  1. Wow! That’s a TON of ideas. Did you get through them all? I heard good things about your session & it sure looks fab!

    • Thanks! We had to rush through the end unfortunately. Our hope was that people were able to take away something they could use with their students. Thanks so much, it was an amazing experience and there a ton of fabulous presentations!!

  2. Thanks so much for this outstanding resource. I can’t wait to use these strategies this week!

  3. Kendall Charles


    Thank you so much for sharing this blog post and your ideas behind technology use for FSL. I too agree that with learning a new language repetition is a MUST and using the power of technology to get us there is so important. These 21st century learners are more into technology then we have ever been privy too and using that as our advantage to teach them is a blessing! I love the ideas you had for using personalized dice, the vocab and concession stand! These are all really awesome and accessible ways to incorporate practice and repetition in the classroom. I will definitely be looking into these options as I begin teaching a second language. Thanks for the ideas!

    • Hi Kendall, thanks so much for your comments. I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog! Good luck with your adventure as you begin this new school year. I look forward to hearing about some of the ways you have incorporated the technology and any new ideas you share! Lets connect via twitter: @mmem27

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