Gone are the times have to ask where an ESL teacher at the front of the classroom with a stack of flash cards for students to repeat words would be. These days everything is about technology and it is important for teachers to consider ways to integrate technology into ESL instruction.
If the students have access to computers either at home or in the classroom, they can significantly improve their ESL learning.
Here are just a few ways you can use technologyto help ESL learning:
Games. Young learners in particular enjoy playing computer games. This is a great way for them to practice their English while having fun. New learners do well with preschool-age programs that teach simple concepts like colors, shapes, and the ABCs. More advance students enjoy word games. Make sure that you choose games that reinforce English.
Practice drills and tests. Students that are older often have to take English proficiency exams. Computer Programs can be an excellent opportunity for them these questions and familiarize yourself with the format of the practice test.
Make videos and hearing programs. A number of sites the students to watch videos. Whether this specifically to learn English, or television shows that are popular are made, students can easily exercise their ability to listen. They are also a great way to teach slang phrases and pop cultural reference, the older students are always amazedLearn.
Penpals. With Internet access, you can create a site that matches pen pals. The students enjoy the interaction with others their age from around the world. Try to find another teacher in an English speaking country, the establishment of an exchange rate mechanism will. That is the surest way to start this type of program.
Of course, there is no substitute for learning vocabulary and conversation, but when you expand the integration of technology in ESL instruction, the number of possibilitiescan that students learn and practice their English.