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ERIC Number: EJ874395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1053-4512
Incorporate Technology into the Modern Language Classroom
Castleberry, Gwen Troxell; Evers, Rebecca B.
Intervention in School and Clinic, v45 n3 p201-205 2010
This column describes how technology can enrich the learning environment provided by the modern language classroom. Typically, modern languages taught in U.S. public schools are French, Spanish, and German. A general broadening of high school graduation and college and professional school admission requirements to include a certain level of modern language instruction has made it imperative that all students, including students with learning disabilities (LD), be able to participate and succeed in these classes. To support learning of students with LD, and to adapt to a culture of teaching that is moving away from textbooks and toward "realia" and "authentic texts" (Osuna & Meskill, 1998), the authors suggest that teachers use a universal design for learning (UDL) approach for planning instruction and technology integration for teaching in their modern language classrooms. The three principles of UDL are to support learning by providing multiple, flexible methods of (a) presentation, (b) expression and apprenticeship, and (c) options for engagement. The power and benefit of technology in the modern language classroom are not just that it engages the typical students but that it makes learning a foreign language possible for students who were previously excluded. Here, the authors offer 20 suggestions to provide students with varying needs with equal access to modern language classes. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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