TECHNOLOGICAL IMPACT ON LANGUAGE LEARNING & TEACHING
A rapid cumulative interest in the necessity to the utilization of technology
A rapid cumulative interest in the necessity to the utilization of technology in language learning has been perceived at an early age. Young learners easily lose their certain level of concentration and therefore, need motivation as well as inspiration during the long language learning process. Technology can act as one of the ways to create a real and enjoyable atmosphere for young language learners if it is used accurately and efficaciously. Technology lets language students gain language skills outside the traditional classroom when they interact actively. In accordance with the claim of several researchers, children can improve their language and cultural awareness by using technology in different social and cultural contexts and the language-responsive process can be faster through intercultural communication.
Technology gives this chance to predominant apprentices and offers them unlimited resources in both online and offline. The main purpose of this article is to figure out the perspective of the teacher candidates and young learners on technological usage during the process of language learning. In order to analyze language teacher candidates’ point of view on language awareness through technology, 6 questions were prepared for them and 6 questions were also made ready for having the notion of young learners. Two structured questionnaires were examined by 2 experts in the field of language teaching. After the research application, teacher candidates mentioned that technology-based games, cartoon films, blogs and some social sites for children affect young learners and increased their language and cultural awareness and young learners explained that English lessons could be easy and enjoyable when the teachers use technology outside the classroom.
İlter, Binnur. (2015). How does Technology Affect Language Learning Process at an Early Age?. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences. 199. 311-316. 10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.07.552.
Compiled by: Arko Uchaas Shaha