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.