Technology is overhauling education, and teachers need to smooth the way for students so that they have an easy and successful path towards a more fun-driven learning model.
New York City, NY (PRWEB) April 13, 2014
While there are still some modern-day Luddites who shun technology, aspiring linguists should learn to embrace it. Technology can actually promote vocabulary increase in a second language, as long as those technological language tools are used wisely and constructively, eReflect observed today. Before tablets and smartphones become widely used, students relied on their teachers, classmates, or dictionaries for help in understanding a word’s meaning. Today students use mobile apps and Google Translate, or sift through Google search results to find out the meaning, definition, or subtle semantics of words and phrases.
Sometimes, however, either because of laziness or lack of proper guidance, many learners of foreign languages abuse technological tools such as Google Translate when completing their assignments. For instance, instead of using online dictionaries and translation tools to find the meaning of words, students might write an essay in their mother tongue and then translate it into the language they’re learning. This is not the best way to help build vocabulary, and this passive method is not an efficient way to improve the student’s language mastery because they don’t actually engage with that language's vocabulary in a way will allow them to use it in writing and speech confidently.
An educator needs to make this explicit, saying something like, “If you want to build your vocabulary, you need to actively work on it.” A teacher can offer instructions on the best use of technological tools and online resources for driving forward the student's learning, while warning them against the use of technology in ways that sabotages their progress. Finally, teachers need to ensure that students can handle such technologies with ease, and not feel overwhelmed by their complexity.
eReflect, developer of the vocabulary builder software, Ultimate Vocabulary™, also suggests that teachers can use technology to cultivate a love for language learning in students. The secret is to introduce them to the fun and playful aspect of tech-based learning, in the form of games and interesting online activities. Technology is overhauling education, and teachers need to smooth the way for students so that they have an easy and successful path towards a more fun-driven learning model.
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