Building a Community of Innovators
One of the main goals of the Tech Center is to build and energize a community of innovators interested in improving language education through effective uses of technology. In order to build this community, the Tech Center sponsors gatherings that facilitate the dialog and sharing of knowledge and expertise among diverse sectors. To inform the conversation, the Tech Center engaged in two data-gathering activities: (1) a survey of the current status of technology use across Flagship institutions and (2) a Horizon Brief Report that identifies emerging and promising technologies in foreign language education. Through the Tech Center gatherings, partnerships that promote innovative, technology-based strategies to address language education challenges are being developed with a commitment to benefitting the foreign language education community at large.
Innovation Webcasts present ideas for the implementation of technologies in language teaching and learning, with a special focus on sharing what works in Language Flagship programs. Browse this collection to garner ideas from Language Flagship faculty, language center personnel, private-sector entrepreneurs, and other partners in the Language Flagship’s community of practice.
Symposiums & Meetings
Charting the Course Ahead
Washington, D.C. – October 2018
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,500 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.
American Councils for International Education provides international training, cultural exchange, immersion learning, and public diplomacy. American Councils for International Education broaden individual perspectives and foster personal and intellectual growth. On a grand scale, these strengthen international and national security, build prosperity, and promote peace.
Class2Class is a multi-faceted educational platform that connects language teachers and their students with teachers and students from around the world. It is built to facilitate tandem project oriented exchanges. Teachers can pair their students together, create specific assignments, monitor the students’ conversations, and leave each student valuable feedback.
Extempore (latin for “Spontaneous”) allows foreign language teachers to assign speaking assignments to their students without losing class time. Extempore makes frequent and effective oral assignments possible by removing the dependency on a face-to-face meeting and by making them self-contained in one platform. Extempore integrates all the functions needed to have frequent speaking activities in one easy-to-use, portable platform.
Ponddy Chinese curriculum is completely configurable and customizable, that means you get to play around and experiment with various techniques to find what is best for your students. PONDDY Chinese comes with bite-sized modules (i.e. Pondlets) to make sure that students understand traditional as well as simplified Chinese easily.
VEO revolutionizes language learning through video. VEO combines video recorded via any device, with time-stamp tagged data. Learners, peers and teachers capture key moments of speaking, jumping directly to these, making video accessible and convenient for learning. Additionally, tags build up quantitative stats of learner strengths and areas for improvement, providing clear metrics to motivate change, support learner collaboration and generate cohort profiles.