Technology for Creativity and Collaboration in the Language Classroom
Title: Technology for Creativity and Collaboration in the Language Classroom
Abstract: This talk begins with an overview of technology assisted language teaching and learning to highlight how the role of technology and different teaching practices have changed as technology has become increasingly ubiquitous in language teaching. These include differences in technology use for teaching language knowledge, intercultural communication, speaking and listening, and reading and writing.
Among the ways in which technology for language teaching has changed is in how it is used to bridge the informal language learning practices in the digital wilds with the language classroom to support student creativity, collaboration and motivation. An example of this can be seen in the materials developed by the FanTALES project (https://www.fantales.eu/), a collaboration between language researchers and high school foreign language teachers in Belgium, Germany and Sweden to create teaching materials that support foreign language learning through the collaborative writing of multilingual interactive fiction stories based on popular media.
This webinar will introduce teachers to the FanTALES teaching materials that have already been developed, including learning through doing modules, storytelling prompts, and assessment materials in English, and will highlight forthcoming materials for the teaching of Dutch, German and Swedish as well as a teacher guide for adapting these materials for other languages and different levels of proficiency.
Key readings and materials for this talk include the following:
• All current and future FanTALES material is available on the website here: https://www.fantales.eu/results/
• Many of the chapters in this edited volume: Chapelle, C.A., & Sauro, S. (2017.)(Eds.) The handbook of technology and second language teaching and learning. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.