Unit 1: Introduction to using technology in the language classroom


Synopsis

The lesson gives review of information and communications technology/technologies (ICT) in language teaching and learning (word-processing and e-mail; search engines; websites; project work social software; mobile learning).

 

Lesson aims

By the end of the lesson the course participants will have:

  • reviewed their previous experiences of the main technologies of ICT learning;
  • discussed the advantages and disadvantages of using them in language learning and teaching;
  • discussed their expectations from the module.

Synopsis

This lesson is devoted to matters of developing critical awareness of the Internet materials, to evaluate the Internet as a learning tool, through web site evaluation criteria, to help learners better understand the quality of Internet information.  Improvement of students’ critical-thinking skills in using the Internet will assist to filter the information from the point of view of its content, structure, accuracy, authority and objectivity.

 

Lesson aims

By the end of this lesson participants will be able to:

  • demonstrate an awareness of choosing relevant sources, and an appreciation of the need to make it meaningful and suitable to needs and interests;
  • distinguish the main types of critical-thinking and decision-making skills relating to computer usage;
  • demonstrate the safe and cooperative use of technology which helps learners protect themselves from inappropriate behavior online;
  • raise learners’ awareness of the danger types and potential risks involved in the Internet use and show where Internet users can obtain additional information and assistance regarding Internet safety.

Synopsis

This lesson introduces participants to the key concepts in ICT, the reasons, objectives, methods, ways as well as importance of adding technology to LT. It will help learners to better understand the importance of information technology literacy, types of technology tools and the specificity of terminology in ICT, as well as help them to create their own glossary.

 

Lesson aims

By the end of the lesson the participants will have:

  • been introduced to the reasons and approaches to using technology;
  • developed technology literacy competencies;
  • developed critical awareness in using ICT terminology;
  • created their own ICT glossary.