Top 6 Technology Tactics For English Language Learners

Top 6 Technology Tactics For English Language Learners

Want to Learn English as a Professional? Start Following these Tactics from Today!

If you are a teacher on the lookout for an innovative and fun way to connect with your students, then you should seek your solution in technology. Technology can serve to increase the levels of excitement in your classes aiding in the learning process for your students. Technology can be very useful an asset in the classroom offering interactive platforms that students of all ages can indulge in. the use of technology in the classroom not only helps the learners acquire a new language, the systems also motivate the confidence of the learners. Educators of the language are in a unique place to embrace the use of technology in a way that motivates their students and help them rapidly master the language as they are more engaged in the learning process. There are several ways to go about the teaching of the English language using technology. The following are examples:

1. Use of film and video

The use of short films and short videos is an innovative way to teach students certain key aspects of the English language as vocabulary and pronunciation. It is also a good way to assess the comprehension and mastery of the language by the students. The films and videos show the students how English is used in its natural setting. They can learn from the use of the English language how they themselves can mimic the same. Younger students can be taught by the use of cartoons as they will enjoy them. The older, more advanced students can be taught through the use of news and current affairs. The teacher should acquire films of interest and a screen or a projector to enhance the learning of the language.

2. Applications and websites
A smart way for students to learn the English language and still have fun while at it. Applications such as Grammar Up, which can be easily downloaded on iPads and tablets, can really ease the frustration of teaching a language. These applications use the general rules of the English language to test the comprehension of the students on certain topics in English such as prepositions and verbs. The students could also skip the difficult questions simply by shaking the tablet. These apps are convenient as the learner could download them on their personal device and continue the learning process at their free time increasing the speed with which they master the English language. The students should also be encouraged to use applications to check their work. There are various applications which provide term paper editing and proofreading services to make sure the learners deliver the highest quality submissions.

3. Conducting digital field trips
A field trip is always a suitable method of teaching students. However, most ESL colleges run on a tight budget and hence cannot afford an actual field trip. These could be substituted with digital field trips and achieve nearly the same result. There are many examples of field trips available on the internet to help the students learn more. Sites like Inside the White House can give insight to older students while apps like 4-H virtual farm could be used for younger students.

4. Use of podcasts
A podcast consists of a series of audio recordings that the learners can listen to. A free download of the iTunes application in the Apple store will earn you a vast array of podcasts that the students can listen to. There are many types of podcasts recorded specifically for students mastering the English language. The students could also create their own podcasts to assess the progress they have made so far.

5. Video-conferencing
Video conferencing solutions like skype could really come in handy in an English classroom. It is an excellent way for the students to practice their mastery of the language by speaking to people from different locations all over the world. The students could even have question-answer sessions with popular authors and journalists. The students could take virtual field trips even connect with students from other parts of the world.

6. Use of Blogs
The instructor should encourage the students to open up blog channels in such free websites as Blogger and Live Journal. The students are likely to take the blogs more seriously because they know the blogs have a large viewership. The students are likely to apply themselves to making the English on their blogs as good as possible, promoting learning.

Information technology is the new world order. The modern technology is applied in all spheres of life including education. The above are the ways that an instructor can best use technology to enhance the teaching of the English language.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Just Like Any Other Toxic Relationship, It's Time To Breakup With Your Phone

Our phones are our individual prisons and you need to free yourself.


Cell phones. Ever wonder why they're called "cellular devices?" Well, the suffix "ular" means "relating to," or "resembling." And "cell," well, the first thing you think is a prison cell! So, cellular devices resemble a prison. We trap ourselves in them. We go behind the gate, close and lock the door, and throw away the key. We place our full identity in what we put on social media. We waste precious time scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We send memes instead of talking to someone face-to-face. We Snapchat the people right beside us, instead of just talking to them.

You know when you're in a toxic relationship, everyone tells you to break up with that person. They're bad for you. They only hurt you. You're better than that. Our relationship with our phone is like that too. So, break up with your phone! You don't need that negativity, that comparison, or that judgment.

I'm a teenager. I'm supposed to be the one attached to my phone, right? Well, I'm the "odd" one who actually wants to see your eyes and not have our phones around when we talk. I hate how it's so accepted, and encouraged, to neglect the necessity of human, face-to-face conversations with words coming out of our mouths. Our thumbs move faster, and more frequently, than our mouths do anymore.

I wish there was a national day where all electronics were forbidden, making you go an entire 24 hours without them.

Eventually, after you go through withdrawal, you would come to love the world you so often ignore. I promise. This January, I took the whole month away from social media. Even taking away that part of phone use was eye-opening. The sky is pretty, the birds sing, people actually dress up. There's also this thing called the outdoors — it's really cool! I don't know, I'm just glad that I haven't caught the millennial-bug. It's contagious, so beware.

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