Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom

This course is delivered by Iowa State University

Course Overview

This course is designed to help English language teaching professionals around the world acquire and maintain basic knowledge and skills in technology for professional purposes through hands-on learning. It will help teachers integrate pedagogical knowledge and skills with technology to enhance their language teaching and learning through their reading, discussion, and creation of new learning activities. The course will help participants apply technology in record keeping, feedback, and assessment, and use technology to improve communication, collaboration, and efficiency by participating in online discussion and presentation.

Learning Objectives and Learner Outcomes

By the end of the eight-week course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and how technology affects language teaching in the 21st century;
  • Use strategies to develop vocabulary growth through social media
  • Identify appropriate grammar activities that include opportunities for learners to discover, analyze, and produce grammatical structures as part of tasks that encourage learner interaction;
  • Use methods for selecting and adapting appropriate reading texts for accomplishing particular language learning goals;
  • Understand how to teach writing through CALL by selecting appropriate model texts, showcasing technology supported help options, considering the audience for writing activities, and developing writing strategies; • Understand how to select and adapt existing listening resources on the Internet to address language learning objectives;
  • Select CALL materials that teach speaking skills and focus on the sounds and accents that are relevant for their learners;
  • Develop teaching units that incorporate one or more of the technologies learned throughout the course.