Category: Educational Technologies

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Pros and Cons of Learning Latin Vocabulary Using Duolingo

In 2019, the language-learning website and app Duolingo released a Latin course that currently has almost 1.5 million learners. Despite its potential, Duolingo has already received several criticisms regarding other languages for what are considered unrealistic goals. Furthermore, it was pointed out that the proposed method might be helpful for vocabulary but only in addition

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Computer Adaptive Language Tests (CALT)

Creating a test to adequately assess reading, speaking, listening, and writing proficiency in a foreign language has many challenges. Traditionally, such tests have been paper-based or done by an evaluator in a face-to-face mode. The increasing use of technology in language education has recently shifted the way assessment can be performed. This paper will develop

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Technology, Toucan, and Language Education

Globalization and computerization along with the limitations caused by the current pandemic have all moved us towards having more online presence. From online shopping to online learning, all aspects of our lives have been impacted by technology including how we learn and use languages. The goal of this presentation is to discuss various aspects of

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Utilizing Natural Language Processing to Develop an Interactive Web Platform for Practicing Text-based Conversational English as a Foreign Language

In recent years, as people from around the world become more digitally connected, the importance of communication between people from different language backgrounds is also increasing. Thanks to technologies such as social media, messaging applications, and recent advances in machine translation tools, text-based conversations are one of the most used forms of communication between people

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Use of Infographics in Multilingual Writing: An Analysis From the Critical Digital Pedagogy Perspective

In this case study, we designed a workshop in a college writing course and introduced the principles of turning research papers into infographics. We focused on digital infographics design because scholars have proved its benefits in presenting complex and large information quickly and efficiently (Alrwele, 2017; Barlow et al., 2021). Critical Digital Pedagogy (CDP), introduced

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How Effective is Duolingo in Learning a Language?

The spread of the MALL (Mobile Assisted Language Learning) has been widely studied by linguistics, however, the continuous evolution of the platforms towards new and most effective solutions are leading to challenging products on the web. Duolingo is today one of the most famous apps able to involve students and teachers in a language acquisition

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Engagement and Learning Efficiency in Language Learning: Student’s Perception on the Impact of Smartphone-based Audience Response System

Obtaining a prompt and real-time feedback from students on concepts studied in class enables any teacher to measure his teaching efficiency. Unfortunately, due to genuine shyness or cultural factors, it is not uncommon for learners to be reluctant to actively participate in class in front of their peers or teacher. Consequently, student Response Systems (SRSs)

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Serious Game Design and Integration in English Phonology and Pronunciation Teaching

Interest in using games to impart knowledge has grown tremendously over the past few years. Following a pedagogical shift toward a learner-centered approach, serious games offer new perspectives in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) (Reinhardt et al, 2020; Bogost, 2007). This study investigates the design process and use of a digital game for L2 phonology at

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Imitation and Self-imitation Practice on L2 Pronunciation Progress

The major aim of the current study is to investigate the outcomes of computer-assisted L2 pronunciation training to verify if there is a positive correlation between self-imitation practice and L2 pronunciation improvement in the process of second language acquisition. 35 Polish students of Applied Linguistics (at English level B2+) divided into two groups did imitation

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Blended Learning Between Success and Catastrophe in Third World Countries: IKR as a Case

Despite destructive impacts on Health and economy, COVID19 brought humanitarian disaster, especially for education and learning. Social distancing gave prospects to find an alternative method for students to get connected to their academic modules and educational procedures. Educational technology and e-learning are fundamental system to progress controlling over time, place and pace. Blended learning (BL)

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Facilitating Autonomous Learning During a Health Crisis – COVID-19 Contingency Plan in Singapore

As the Singapore government raised its alert level in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, language programmes were urged to step up and offer emergency contingency plan to convert all face-to-face lectures into online lessons. This necessary action, namely a switch from classroom to communication technologies posed a number of challenges for language modules to

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Developing Relationships in an Online Environment

Relationship building is one of the main goals for engaging students in online learning environments. Several research studies have found that student persistence in an online environment is positively correlated to student perceptions of social presence. This presentation will explain and show examples of various tools and techniques that can improve social presence in an

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Engaging and Motivating Foreign Language Learners with Audiovisual Aids: The Case of French in Selected High Schools in Ghana

The integration of multimedia in language teaching and learning has been a subject of interest to many educators in recent times, as research has shown its impact to be outstanding. In Ghana, French as a foreign language (FFL) is the only foreign language, aside English, which is taught from the early stages of the educational

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Writing in English with Help

Writing is one of the most difficult skills for Japanese people to master in English learning. The Ministry of Education held a nationwide English proficiency test for the 3rd year students of senior high school in 2017. In the report, the Ministry pointed out the link between low writing scores and low frequency of employment

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Research and Practice on the Blended Teaching Mode of College English Based on MOOC + SPOC Platform

Based on comparison and contrast between the blended teaching mode and the traditional one, this project takes college English course at Harbin Institute of Technology as an example to design and practice the blended teaching mode based on the MOOC + SPOC platform. This mode aims to develop cross-cultural communicative competence of college students in