ELL/Foreign Language Instruction

This page is meant to help educators in the fields of ELL or Foreign Language with resources and ideas for technology integration in the classroom. Each of the following sections is comprised of a different technology integration strategy followed by a problem statement, the strategy itself, the relative advantage of incorporating this strategy, the expected outcome, and an additional resource.

Using the Internet for Instruction: Virtual Field Trips

  1. Problem Statement: Students sometimes lack real practice with their foreign language development unless they travel to a country of native speakers.

  2. Integration strategy: Teachers could arrange a virtual field trip to a place with native speakers of whatever language the students are learning. A native-speaking tour guide could take students on a “trip” to explore various aspects of the culture or language they are learning.

  3. Relative Advantage: This opportunity would provide some “immersion” experience for students who may not ever have the chance to visit a place where the new language is spoken. Virtual field trips allow students alternative opportunities to acquire new languages and knowledge about other cultures.

  4. Expected Outcome: Students would fully engage in the virtual field trip and their motivation for learning about the new language would increase. Students would gain knowledge about the culture that the teacher may not have been able to provide otherwise.

  5. Resources: Tramline is an example of a website that connects students with virtual field trip opportunities. Click on this link to access the site and learn about field trip experiences for your classroom: http://www.field-trips.org/trips.htm

Tool Software: Translation.net

  1. Problem Statement: Traditional word processing software does not always cater to ELL students or students learning new languages.

  2. Integration strategy: Teachers could use Translation.net or another software that supports text production for ELL students when creating text documents.

  3. Relative Advantage: Supportive text production software provides authentic use of language in various text assignments. This could help students comprehend assignment instructions and also create more effective documents.

  4. Expected Outcome: Students would be able to communicate more effectively with the use of software that would enable authentic text production.

  5. Resources: This site offers support for students who have special needs when it comes to text production: http://www.translation.net/

Instructional Software: Rosetta Stone

  1. Problem Statement: In traditional classrooms, sometimes students do not get adequate one-on-one attention to help them build language subskills.

  2. Integration strategy: Teachers could use Rosetta Stone or another software to provide individual opportunities for students to practice, either at school or at home.

  3. Relative Advantage: Students would have the opportunity to work at their own pace while receiving intense individual practice in areas where they need the most help. This could help correct recurring errors and could offer practice with vocabulary from classroom activities and assessments.

  4. Expected Outcome: Students would individually build skills they need for more effective communication, and then could put those skills to use in the classroom and elsewhere.

  5. Resources: This Rosetta Stone link is specifically for teachers for classroom use: https://hy.rosettastoneclassroom.com/en-US/

Productivity Software: Telus Learning Connection

  1. Problem Statement: Teachers need support and resources for productivity and lesson planning when it comes to ELL and Foreign Language instruction.

  2. Integration strategy: Teachers could hold departmental professional development trainings about how to incorporate technology into their instruction and learn about a new productivity software at each training.

  3. Relative Advantage: Having resources and support helps teachers save time in locating materials and coming up with ideas for innovative lessons.

  4. Expected Outcome: Teachers will be less stressed and will take advantage of resources for technology integration in their classrooms. Lesson plans will be more innovative and relevant to the students.

  5. Resources: To learn more about what Telus Learning Connection offers, click this link: http://www.2learn.ca/

Roblyer, M.D. & Doering, A. K. (2009). Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching. 5th edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.