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Thursday, August 13 • 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Personalizing Language Learning through Technology-based Tools

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Campus internationalization efforts and the needs of the global economy have created new audiences for language instruction, but these new learners often have highly personal goals and become impatient with standard curricula. They may need to be able to use a language to do research in a specific discipline or acquire proficiency in a language not available on their campus. Technology offers a wealth of resources to personalize language learning, but language learners often do not know how to evaluate and use these resources. They may also be unaware of technology-based tools to document and assess their progress effectively.

Using examples from a program designed for independent learners, this presentation demonstrates how learners can be taught to engineer learning experiences to meet their own learning goals that incorporate technology as both resource and learning platform. They learn to define objectives, create tasks to meet these objectives, use social networking tools like NIng and Diigo to collaborate with other independent learners, and assemble e-portfolios to document and assess their progress. They also learn to consider the relationship between language and culture.

Based on the positive reaction of learners to this method of language learning, the presenter argues that teaching students to design technology-based tasks can help language programs address the personal goals of today’s learners. The presentation concludes with suggestions for incorporating this instruction across various levels of instruction and considers how to meet needs for faculty development and technology support.

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Sharon Scinicariello

Advocacy Chair, FLAVA; Director Emerita, Global Studio, University of Richmond (retired)
World language advocacy; technology and language learning; self-directed language learning; infusing culture into language instruction; medieval Romance languages and literatures

Thursday August 13, 2015 1:00pm - 1:25pm EDT
Barker 110 (Thompson) 12 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA