It is common to find people taking Spanish, French, English or German as a second language among other languages. It is possible for language teachers to put lessons on the web where the students can easily access them anytime. This allows the students to have the opportunity to practice what they have learned. Students can learn material covered in class in a systematic manner or replay that which they could have probably missed. The other benefit offered by this type of technology is that many students can access it at the same time. They can watch and listen to the lesson from the web together, which brings up room for discussion. This is turn will assist the teachers by saving them the extra time that they could spend following up on the students.
Putting language lessons on the web also makes it easier for the students to practice on their pronunciation skills without fearing to get embarrassed for poor pronunciation. When the feature of web cameras is available, students can see their counterparts’ response and gauge how well they are performing. The other classroom technology that language teachers can use to assist them in teaching students is PowerPoint. Here, the teacher can place lessons text and students will respond to it without distracting the person speaking. PowerPoint has the advantage that the teacher can place images or illustrations that may clarify points in a simpler manner. Computer software programs such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint are advantageous to language teachers for they make it possible to store information that teachers can use later in teaching the class.
Computers as a form of classroom technology make it possible for the teachers to have access to a wide variety of information that they may also get from the internet. For example, they have access to You tube videos and other informative videos for the benefit of the language student. The other form of technology that language teachers can utilize for the students benefits are overhead projectors. They are simple to use and preparing the text to place on them is easy and cheap. Teachers can also project lessons onto whiteboards that assist the students to interact actively.
The other classroom technology that can be of assistance to language teachers is videos showing people speaking the language that the students want to learn. They are a good teaching aid. The other good teaching aid is the use of audio cassettes recording conversations in the language taught. The conversations may range from stories, narratives, reviews, news and even advertisements. It is also possible to get material recorded from educational publishing houses, radio and television to assist the students in better and faster understanding of the new language.
Using these forms of technology will assist the teachers to teach languages in an interesting way that the students will like and most likely enhance how fast they learn the new language.