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How technology can help with language instruction

student headphones studyingLearning a foreign language is an increasingly important skill for success in the global economy—and learning to speak and read English fluently is vital to the success of ESL students. Fortunately, students and educators have more language acquisition resources at their disposal today than ever before.

With the generous support of Recorded Books, we’ve assembled this collection of stories from the eSchool News archives to help you understand how schools are using multimedia technology to enhance language learning within the walls of their classrooms—and beyond.

—The Editors

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How technology can help with language instruction

Here’s how engaging lessons motivate English learners


The children at my school, Manzanita Community School in Oakland, California, face the multiple challenges of poverty and learning English. More than 75 percent of our students receive…

New language learning systems target K-12 schools

Audio books can enhance foreign language learning.

Recorded Books, a publisher of K-12 curriculum and independent producer of audio books, has teamed up with Transparent Language, a provider of language-learning software, to introduce three foreign…

Google unveils real-time translation tool for smart phones

Google announced on May 6 that its Google Goggles application for Android-based mobile phones now can take photos of foreign-language text and instantly translate the text using Google's…

LAUSD launches ESL instructional videos online

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Division of Adult and Career Education has made its English as a Second Language (ESL) instructional videos available online for the benefit…

Developers seek to link iPad with education

Some educational iPad applications are available at no cost in the Apple store.

Technology experts say Apple's latest gizmo, the iPad, won't replace students' laptops, but a menu of applications could help teach the periodic table, a range of languages, and…

Google’s computing power refines translation tool

Google’s network pushes the limits of translation technology and has become a favored source of translations for millions of people, reports the New York Times. …

Online language-learning programs thriving

With the growth of broadband connectivity and social networks, companies have introduced a wide range of internet-based language learning products, both free and fee-based, that allow students to…

New programs help English-language learners

A growing immigrant population increases the need for programs to help English-language learners.

As educational opportunities in the United States attract the families of students from across the globe, the need for effective methods in educating English-language learners (ELLs) continues to…

Community college invests in ESL training

Established in 1958 as a part of a statewide system of industrial education centers throughout North Carolina, Alamance Community College (ACC) has grown into a vibrant two-year college…

iPods help ESL students achieve success

As school leaders ponder the implications of new technologies for their classrooms, one dedicated New Jersey educator has turned theory into practice, using the iPod to teach English…

Analysis: How multimedia can improve learning

An analysis of existing research supports a notion that already has begun to transform instruction in schools from coast to coast: that multimodal learning--using many modes and strategies…

Holt’s SoundBooth helps students learn foreign languages

Holt, Rinehart and Winston previewed a brand-new technology that will enable users of the company's online curriculum to record sound online. Called SoundBooth, the technology will be incorporated…

Language teacher says ‘hola’ to internet and eMail:

In his classroom at Charles City, Iowa, High School, Al Bode uses technology and an unorthodox pedagogical technique to help his students learn Spanish. At first glance, one…