Integrating Digital tools into a Language Course

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Integrating Digital tools into a Language Course

Education around the world has been evolving along with technology and new challenges are being faced by teachers of all disciplines. With the developing technology, educational methods have changed, and blended classrooms have become the “alternative” for digital and face-to-face education. Now, teachers have the challenge of maintaining what has been effective from those methods and approaches and adopting new technologies to handle the instructional needs of today’s digital students.
One of the aims of language teaching is to have productive, successful classes in which students learn the language by means of not only the traditional methodologies or approaches but through the use of emerging technologies that make learning more meaningful. English teachers are able to adapt their teaching strategies to different circumstances such as age, language level, learning styles, subject, etc. This is because language instruction methodologies and approaches have provided us with the tools to do so. Currently, thanks to the wide range of possibilities on new technologies, teachers’ opportunities to have better procedures to teach a language have increased and the outcomes of such conjunction are classes with higher quality, a communicative emphasis, with creative, active, and interactive dynamics, and a more motivating production.
The MOOC Integrating Digital tools into a Language Class seeks to show teachers different ways to adapt technology to the existing language teaching approaches and methods and the processes that make part of our daily teaching.

Language teachers and students of language teaching programs who want to expand their teaching methods and develop capacities which can be adapted to the current educational demand and design effective syllabi which promote innovation by means of web tools and resources to generate new language teaching styles to achieve meaningful learning for their students.

Adriana María Ramírez García holds a bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages from Universidad de Caldas, and a major in Educational Management from the Universidad Católica de Manizales, institution in which she has completed studies in University Teaching virtual learning environments and didactic and assessment strategies.

Professor Ramirez has 20 years of English teaching experience and as a translator. She has participated in international events on collaborative work and with collaborative Online International Learning and Internationalization of the curriculum Strategies.

She is a certified examiner for Cambridge University exams (KEY & PRELIMINARY), and administrator of TOEFL IBT.

Participants will be provided with new teaching strategies through the use of technological platforms found on the web.

Participants will be introduced to the design of courses and classes in which there is a rich use of technologies and resources from the web.

Participants will improve their language teaching skills and competences from a digital perspective in order to satisfy the needs of the current education.

Estimado estudiante, la formación en la Plataforma UCM CONECTA – MOOC, se desarrolla bajo la modalidad virtual masiva y abierta, en un ambiente de aprendizaje virtual que te permite interactuar con los contenidos, desarrollar trabajo autónomo y apropiar las temáticas de manera didáctica y participativa.

Los MOOC se desarrollan por temáticas a través de semanas, generando una experiencia progresiva de aprendizaje desde la visualización y exploración de los contenidos, donde podrás observar tu avance en la barra de progreso, al dar clic en la medida que completas cada actividad.

Los MOOC se aprueban al lograr un avance del 100% y un porcentaje del proceso evaluativo de mínimo el 80%.