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Thursday, August 13 • 2:10pm - 2:35pm
Promoting Student Communication, Collaboration, and Motivation: Best Uses of Digital Tools in Language Teaching and Learning

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The proliferation and availability of digital tools are having a profound impact on language teaching and learning. New digital and online tools are dramatically shaping the ways we teach language and the ways our students learn. These tools are opening up new possibilities to foster meaningful communication, interaction and collaboration in the target language, both in and outside the classroom. Language teachers are leveraging these digital tools to extend students’ engagement with the target language, and make their interaction with the material more meaningful and effective.

How can we best harness the potential of these new technologies to advance students’ linguistic proficiency? What pedagogical approaches should inform the communicative tasks we design in order to maximize our students’ interest and motivation? How do we integrate these new digital tools into our language curriculum?

This presentation will examine how language teachers can take advantage of many of these readily available digital tools, and how they are being used to enhance not only our students’ linguistic skills and their communicative competence, but also to improve their motivation and their critical thinking. Concrete examples of digital task-based activities used at different levels of language instruction will illustrate the pedagogical potential and applications of digital tools in designing student-centered communicative tasks that capitalize on student creativity and collaboration to further their competence in the target language.

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Margarita Ribas Groeger

Senior Lecturer in Spanish, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Interests: Language pedagogy, technology in education, cross-cultural communication.

Dagmar Jaeger

Lecturer in German, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Thursday August 13, 2015 2:10pm - 2:35pm EDT
Lamont Forum Room - 3rd Floor 11 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA