The world has been going under drastic change. We never know how is going to be the upcoming time, but we need to be adaptable to the changes coming along. For the same cause Information and Communication technology tools are used as advanced method of learning and teaching languages and students and teachers are incorporating them in their classrooms. Tech tools have the capacity to meet the needs of individual students and give a sense to the teachers to direct the learning method in a better way.
The new session of the course “Teaching languages in the digital era: the best apps, web platforms and ICT resources for learning languages” was held in Palermo, from the 17/07/22 till the 23/07/22. Individuals from various educational institutions across Europe took part in the weeklong training: Ivana from Základnáškola, Hrnčiarska 2119/1, Slovakia, Małgorzata, Ewa and Justyna from ZS nr 3 im. Jana III Sobieskiego, Poland; Katina , Elena , Gergana , Stanimira and Teodora from 81 Secondary School Viktor Ugo, Bulgary; Monika from Language school, Slovakia; Ulrike , Elke and Stephanie from KGS "Am Schwemmbach" Erfurt , Germany; and Laura and Leonardo from Hispaania Maja, Estonia.
During this course the participants were equipped with the knowledge, skills and hands-on guidance on various ICT tools and the way it can be incorporated in their respective educational environment and language teaching methods. In addition to this, the participants were trained on how to engage the students with the help of various brainstorming, engaging and group activities. Every tool was discussed in depth with a lot of practical activities.
Thanks to all the ICT tools explores, the participants learnt skills such as creating interactive presentations, creating interactive grammar or vocabulary quizzes and adding voiceovers for lessons. Moreover, they acquired knowledge based on conducting exams online, creating games to increase students’ interaction, preparing multimedia content, introducing a new subject or summing up an old one and challenging the students’ to create their own work and engage their participation during the lessons.
The participants also discovered specific platforms to be used to edit pictures and videos that are very effective when it comes to teaching languages. Such tools can be used in fact for a variety of purposes: to explain a grammar topic, to give more information about a foreign culture or to introduce new words.
In addition to this, recreational activities were arranged during the period which includes guided and customized tours around the historical city centre of Palermo, along with the authentic Sicilian cuisine.
Learning foreign languages at times would be challenging, however the integration of ICT tools into the educational system may increase inclusion, collaboration, participation, information retention, literacy and motivation among both teachers and students, for producing fruitful results for a lifelong learning experience.
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