Why does using technology in language teaching and learning benefit students, teachers and the whole school?


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Why does using technology in language teaching and learning benefit students, teachers and the whole school?

Language labs and software have reshaped the way languages are taught and learnt, easing the strain on busy MFL teachers. From the way students practise at home and in the classroom, to the way teachers monitor progress and manage individual learning paths, there is no aspect of language teaching and learning that technology cannot improve.

We want to highlight how everyone involved in the language learning process - students, teachers and the education institution as a whole - has something to gain from the application of appropriate ed­ucational modern technologies.



We’re all aware of the stereotypes of young people sitting in front of a computer, gaming for the sake of ‘entertainment’. But students have told us that their engagement with technology supports a range of skills which are often creative and active and can, as a result, stimulate processes that are fundamental to language learning. For example:

Communication skills

    Technology-integrated classroom systems offer options for integrating speak­ing-related tasks in a coherent way. What’s more, they do so by exploiting items such as instant messaging and presentation tools with which students are already familiar.

    Critical thinking

      The ability to analyse information, compare data, and understand abstract concepts are fundamental components of critical thinking. These are also skills which provide a strong boost towards improving fluency in a foreign language.

      Technology is also useful for creating an immersive learning environment, where interaction with the virtual setting complements teacher explanations. In virtual learning environments, you can prompt the active use of the second language to carry out activities such as problem solving and information research.

      Cooperation

        Collaboration and group work are very important in stimulating students to actively use the second lan­guage. This is why the best language learning software includes online collaboration platforms through which students can do exercises together.


        What about benefits for teachers?

        One aspect that is not always stressed enough is how language learning technology supports teachers in their classroom management and workflow processes. A teacher’s job often mediates between different needs and expectations, on the part of students, school leaders and even the government. Software such as Sanako Connect support teachers at every stage of their work, from preparing study materials to correcting assignments and managing feedback.

        Assessment

        When it comes to assessment, the best language software includes rapid file sharing between students and teachers. Sanako Connect has a highly specialized feedback feature, so the teacher can choose whether to review an individual student’s assignment or observe the perfor­mance of the entire class on a specific task.

        Diversified activities

        Facilitating the language learning process and increasing the quality of the education provided is our main objective at Sanako. But this goal would not be attainable without the presence of motivated teachers who can count on concrete support in the daily performance of their work. For this reason, our lan­guage software has been developed both as a means for an engaging language learning experience and an efficient, high-performing teaching activity.


        And how can school institutions as a whole benefit from technology?

        We readily acknowledge that there is no one-size-fits-all ap­proach when it comes to studying the integration of education and technology. This means that, depend­ing on the characteristics and resources of each school, the introduction of technology-based solutions will facilitate different results. However, there are common comparative advantages of using education-specific software that can be identified even in varying contexts.

        Schools can easily distribute additional learning materials to students, enhancing the study tools avail­able to them, and also facilitating distance learning when needed. In the case of foreign language study, increasing the quantity and quality of learning materials, as well as the opportunities for distance education, represents a benefit for all students who may be carrying out learning tasks, whether in a classroom situation or remotely.

        With the impetus of globalisation in education, many schools and institutions are increasingly characterised by intercon­nectedness and transnational partnerships. With this in mind, investing in tools to enhance language learning is not only a way to improve the quality of ed­ucation, but is also a means to enhance global links between establishments.

        You can read more in depth about each of these features by downloading a free copy of the Ebook: Why language education matters and howtechnology can increase its impact and reach