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New technologies in language teaching and learning Two good practices


To what extent do new technologies improve language teaching and learning?


) Learning Basque on your own: BOGA Online platform

) Using Turning Point in language classes


BOGA Online platform What is BOGA? • BOGA is a Basque language program (based on Moodle) to help students learn the language through the internet on their own. BOGA is one of the tools created by the Basque Government for the learning of Euskara. Where is BOGA located? • www.ikasten.ikasbil.net


STRENGTHS

WEAKNESSES

• Self-learning. • No oral exercises. • Direct feedback and absolute • Hard technical scaffolding (Lai control of the students work. and Law, 2006). • Based on ZPD [Zone of proximal • No problem based learning nor development] (Vygotsky, 1987). communicative approach.

OPPORTUNITIES

THREATS

• Suitable as a parallel tool. Constant up-dating needed. • Web 2.0 combinations: Not suitable for phones/pads + Skype for oral skills (Web 3.0). (mintzapraktika 2.0) + firefox add-ons for databases (euskalbar) + Second life for group tasks


Using TURNING POINT in language classes. • What is Turning Point?


Who said this sentence? “My Spanish is improving: I can say, ‘Dónde Gucci?‘ and ‘Tienes Bentley´?” 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

George Bush Victoria Beckham One of my students Sarah Ferguson I don’t know


How can I get it? • Software: You can download it from the internet. • Hardware: Clickers and USB receiver dongles. You can hire them at LRAT.


Tips • Consider inclusion of “I don’t know” answer to minimise random voting. • Ensure every question has a clearly identifiable purpose. • Use images to enhance the questions. • Integrate the presentation into your lesson plan. • Use it for review. • Always prepare a Plan B.


Which is the best movie of all times? 1. 2. 3. 4.

Citizen Kane. Casablanca. Gone with the wind. Hannah Montana, the movie.


STRENGTHS

WEAKNESSES

•Nice ice-breaker. •Excellent in lower levels. •Good practice for grammar exam (multiple choice). •Good for initiating class discussions.

•May be discouraging if used for revision. •Not suitable for small groups. •May be a problem if we have a student with special needs.

OPPORTUNITIES

THREATS

•Embedding videos for listening •Problems with new technologies. comprehension. •Once the novelty is gone, it could •“Not anonymous”. be not that encouraging. •Improving it with a small keyboard that allow the student to give short answers.


To what extent do new technologies improve language teaching and learning?


Xabier Paya x.payaruiz@bham.ac.uk Raquel Navas r.navas@bham.ac.uk www.galbascat.blogspot.com


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