09/03/2012

Ideas and Reasons for Integrating new technologies and especially my Flexipacks in Teaching and Learning Turkish | SOAS, University of London

Ideas and Reasons for Integrating new technologies and especially my Flexipacks in Teaching and Learning Turkish | SOAS, University of London

Ideas and Reasons for Integrating new technologies and especially my Flexipacks in Teaching and Learning Turkish

Nil Okan Paniguian
Nil Okan Paniguian JP, FCIOL (Fellow of Chartered Institute of Linguists)
Date: 16 March 2012Time: 4:10 PM
Finishes: 16 March 2012Time: 5:30 PM
Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: 4421
Type of Event: Forum
Series:CLP Forum
This will be a general discussion of how new technologies have been integrated in the teaching and learning of Turkish in practice. Apart from teachers devoting sufficient time to preparation and to their students, teachers are advised to use new technologies to allow “lonely souls of technology” and “tutor/classroom shy learners” to interact and communicate from a distance and get a better grasp of the cultural aspects of the living language.
I discuss the experience of preparing and using adapted ‘Flexipacks’ for language teaching and learning designed to fill an important gap in self study and revision. Students not only enjoyed working privately with audio/video units and handouts, but also felt they could also revise and consolidate their learning at their own pace and in their own time. Additionally, it gave them the freedom to work on their skills in an unconstrained environment. Moreover, it also emerged that the Blackboard VLE that was used by all levels of students, appeared to lead to students exchanging learning tips, revealing the importance of such technologies to enhance learning and attenuate cultural and linguistic differences.
Given these experiences it is suggested that video conferencing for amalgamating language classrooms between countries, especially one of them being the target language country, is something that is likely to be very useful. Learners would be able to exchange their own learning experiences and tips regardless of their location, background or ability.
Contact email: ni3(at)soas.ac.uk