Modern Multimedia in Foreign Language Teaching
The time has come to consider updating our teaching styles, methods, techniques and technology as used in the EFL and foreign language learning classroom.
Now, with only a laptop computer, a suitable audio/video cable connection, and even an older model, non-digital, non-plasma TV as an output monitor, you can accomplish a greater range of multimedia technology applications in any EFL or foreign language learning class group.
Here are five key points to ponder:
1. Use of modern multimedia technology is often less expensive to acquire, use and maintain.
If you have only a portable laptop computer with viable connections to a standard or digital, plasma TV, you can eliminate the need for and use of several other pieces of equipment at substantial savings. These might include any or all of the traditional teaching tools as listed above for starters.
2. Modern technology can provide a wider variety of tools available for use in EFL classes.
From audio recordings and podcasts to movies, graphics production and display software to videos available online, multimedia is constantly available from an extensive range of sources. Never has a greater range of options been so readily available to English as a Foreign Language teachers worldwide.
3. Simpler and easier classroom use.
EFL teachers now might need but three distinct pieces of hardware to perform a broad range of functions in the language learning classroom of today; a TV (digital or analog), a desktop or laptop computer and the corresponding audio / video connection cable or hardware plus a DSL or Wi Fi internet connection.
4. Frequently adaptable for using several multimedia modes during a class session.
In teaching the four basis language skills, EFL teachers can make dramatic and extensive use of available media both online and off line. Media windows can be opened, minimized or closed as the EFL teacher desires during a class session.
5. Incorporating video in EFL is easier and more effective using applied multimedia technology
If you use or consider using such video based multimedia as movies or movie clips, documentaries, music videos and TV programs, among other available options, then you can readily adapt EFL approaches and methods of presentation to the interests and needs of your classes. One way of doing this is by incorporating video in EFL or foreign language learning classes you may have.