Technology In Language Education

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It is an undeniable fact that technology touches almost everybody’s lives in some way in our current “modern” era. What can be counted as a part of technology dates back to the first computers, which occupy almost a room. From those times till today when we actually need only a smartphone, technology has gone through several significant steps including the foundation of Apple Inc., developments in Android and numerous computer programs. Some of them proved to be beneficial while the others seemed to have certain disadvantages. On the other hand, through the rise of technology, a great number of technological developments has occurred in educational areas. As we all know and repeat all the time, teachers need to keep up with the current trends…show more content…
To begin with, people first searched for new ways of learning. That purpose in mind, they have begun using computers for their own benefits since 1970s with the help of CD-ROMs and floppy disks. They played a minor role as a supplementary material in language learning. There were also some leading worldwide organisations such as COLICO and EuroCALL. However, with the rapid improvements in Worldwide Web and the Internet (which are still two blurred terms), things has changed a lot. The students has become digital natives and they are actually technologically savvy. Hence, it is important to continue to explore the conditions under which technology can best be utilized as maintained by Al-Mahrooqi and Troudi (2014). From educational aspects, the teachers started to use computers as assistants for their lessons because it is/was impossible to separate technology from the students. To clarify how the teachers use it as blended language teaching, some important tools can be given at this point. These tools are generally implemented to the curriculum and syllabus as an extra material for improving four essential skills along with vocabulary and pronunciation. For teaching a specific grammar subject, say the Present Perfect Tense, the…show more content…
In fact, there is a popular innovation called Augmented Reality (AR). It basically provides the users the opportunity to have interaction with the physical environment around them in company with virtual world. Next, one can ask how AR can be integrated into education. Indeed, there have been some research conducted on this topic recently mentioning the use, pros and cons of AR. For example, according to Wu, Lee, Chang, Liang (2013), AR gives place-based information, extends the use of surrounding and provides variety of perspectives. For example, students can easily experience photosynthesis, chemical reactions and the working principles of an organ virtually. Blippar, Aurasma, SkyView, Augment and Anatomy
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