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Friday, August 14 • 11:35am - 12:00pm
Teaching and learning the Smart way: The use of Smartphone technology to supplement foreign language instruction

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Many university-level foreign language instructors prohibit the use of cellphones during class. In fact, many foreign language course syllabi include a clause expressly forbidding their use. I will call this practice into question by considering the potential benefits of using Smartphone technology to supplement foreign language instruction. The presentation will begin with a brief interactive discussion of current practices with respect to the use of technology in the foreign language classroom. Following this discussion, a rationale for the use of Smartphone technology in foreign language instruction will be developed. This will include strategies for selecting Smartphone technology to supplement instruction as well as when it is (in)appropriate to do so. The remainder of the presentation will consist of a practical demonstration of specific Smartphone applications that can be used both by instructors and by students inside and outside of the foreign language classroom. Problems specific to the use of Smartphone technology to supplement instruction will be addressed, along with ways in which such problems might be mitigated. Heavy emphasis will be placed on the purposeful use of technology throughout the presentation. Though not necessary, attendees are encouraged to bring their Smartphone if they have one.


Chase Krebs

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Friday August 14, 2015 11:35am - 12:00pm EDT
Barker 133 (Plimpton) 12 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA