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Use Of Technology In Language Learning – 5 Key Benefits

Today’s article is by John Austen (reach him at johnausten421@gmail.com), a freelance writer who has been working online for several years. His latest work has been about language and language learning.

For many reasons, new technology-integrated systems are taking over the educational system today and becoming a popular language acquisition choice. This innovative educational style’s best examples include blended learning, learning management systems, and virtual classrooms.

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Systems without Assessment

I am a systems thinker.  As soon as I enter a new. . .whatever. . .I start seeing the systems in place (or that need to be in place).  My head starts designing the inputs and outflows, the structures of what is happening or should be happening, the way it works. 

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Each year at Christmas time, my family watches through a cultivated list of favorite Christmas movies.  We know them almost by heart.  Occasionally, we’ll add a new one.  However, the list doesn’t grow too much (and it certainly does not include the litany of Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies. . .bleah!). 

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The Promise (or Paralysis) of a Found Day

Today (and tomorrow), I am faced with “Found Days.”  That is, I was supposed to be heading off to a race with my wife and “out of the office” for a couple of days.  While I would have had my trusty laptop with me and could get some things done, there would have been limits. 

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Killing Passion: Letting Burnout Run its Course

Earlier in my career, I was a regional dean for Indiana Wesleyan University.  During a significant portion of that assignment, I was responsible for the Cleveland Education Center (Ohio) as well as the Louisville Education Center (Kentucky).  For those not familiar with that part of the country, that’s about a four-hour drive between the two.  During that time period, I would switch back and forth between being onsite at each location:  one week in Cleveland, one week in Louisville. 

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Learning from the Negative

I can’t tell you how many times that I’ve had this conversation as a parent with my children.  Sometimes it has been about examples that are in front of my children as teachers or leaders. . .sometimes it’s about me.  I tell them as we’re reflecting on the situation and can find very little positive that happened:  “I’m sorry but you’re going to have to learn from the negative on this one.  You’re going to have to see what not to do and learn to do the right thing.”