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Leveraging Technology for Language Learning

The way we teach and how we think about learning is changing rapidly—and this applies to language learning as well. A recent Project Tomorrow survey found that 69 percent of students would like to use technology for language learning. As smart devices become more accessible, it’s time to leverage technology to reshape how learning gains are achieved.

While research suggests that foreign language instruction will be a game changer for this generation of students, ELL instruction also is critical. English language learners do not succeed at the same rate as their English-speaking peers, and the impact is felt nationwide: Today, 9 percent of the U.S. population is not English proficient, and 11 percent of K-12 students are considered English language learners.

With the generous support of Rosetta Stone, we’ve assembled this collection of stories from our archives—as well as additional resources—to help you leverage new technology tools for language instruction.

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Here’s how engaging lessons motivate English learners

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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…

Dartmouth foreign language classes embrace Twitter

Dartmouth foreign language classes embrace Twitter

Foreign language professor Tania Convertini is thrilled to catch her Dartmouth College students complaining about homework or upcoming tests. She’s not eavesdropping—she’s reading their tweets, written in Italian…

Technology’s role in foreign language learning

Technology’s role in foreign language learning

Although educators and policy makers emphasize skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses, today's students are competing in a global society--and foreign language skills can help…

Virtual worlds among latest trends in language education

Virtual worlds among latest trends in language education

A new way of teaching and learning foreign languages has emerged: using virtual worlds, such as Second Life, to increase student engagement and confidence as they build new…

Six ed-tech resources for ELL/ESL instruction

Six ed-tech resources for ELL/ESL instruction

From award-winning software, to a teacher-created program that needs peer input, our readers offered some useful ways in which technology can help English-language learners and those for whom…

Additional resources


Infographic: The Evolution of Language Learning


While the demand for language skills is at an all-time high, K-12 foreign language programs continue to disappear. Learn how—and why—new technology-based strategies are needed…


Graduating Globally Competitive Workers


American students are lagging behind their international peers and are graduating into an increasingly competitive workforce— we need to implement effective language learning programs throughout the K-20. This paper highlights practical strategies for institutions looking to implement language learning programs.


Case Study: Building Bilingualism for Global Success


Colvin Run Elementary School needed a language-learning solution that would build bilingual skills for critical 21st-century success. School leaders wanted a solution that could support and expand the existing Spanish curriculum, while also serving as the foundation for an independent study program in languages such as Chinese, for which teacher expertise was not available.


Video: Language Learning in Action


See how technology can drive student engagement in language learning.


The Bilingual Advantage


How learning a second language can give kids’ brains a boost.


English Language Learners: Incorporating Technology into the Achievement Strategy


English language learners are one of the fastest growing student groups in education today. These diverse learners present multiple challenges to educators, yet research has identified a number of successful strategies and resources to address their needs.


Case Study: Building Language and Literacy with Summer Programs


Little Rock School District needed a language-learning program to support a summer program for building the language proficiency and literacy of English language learners. Learn how Little Rock’s program resulted in a 52-percent increase in students’ grammar skills, a 43-percent boost in listening skills, and a 32-percent gain in vocabulary skills.

 

 


Video: Rosetta Stone for K-12


See how Rosetta Stone provides solutions that integrate scalable language learning programs into your curricula.

 

 

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