Employing multimedia in foreign language teaching

Along with rapid development of technology, the 21st century also brought tendencies to apply those technological inventions on every possible area of sciences, arts and humanities. The most fruitful of such attempts is applying multimedia to the process of learning. In today's schools and universities, technology is an essential part of the educational process. This article will list some of the most effective ways to employ multimedia in teaching a foreign language.

To begin with, it's important to define multimedia to be aware of what distinguishes it from older teaching methods. Older foreign language teaching tools include text, audio, posters, images, while multimedia is defined as content which uses a combination of two or more of those things. Basically, when it comes to language teaching and learning, it refers to Powerpoint presentations, interactive games, animations etc.

Powerpoint presentations
Powerpoint Presentation in Class

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO "LEARN" A LANGUAGE?

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Photo by Kaplan International Colleges

We ended the last issue by saying that learning another language meant learning the dictionary, the grammar, and the sound system of the language in order to be able to properly encode and decode messages.

Let's develop this idea further. Let's say that you speak English and want to learn Chinese. (Linguists would say that your L1 is English and your L2 is Chinese.) If you are a beginner, then you can easily put your thoughts into English and you can also understand things said to you in English, but you can't put your thoughts into Chinese or understand anything said to you in it either.

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Mistakes you should avoid while learning a new language

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Photo by Philippe Put

There is an opinion that some people are more gifted in languages than ​​others. Certainly, if they choose a good learning method. In fact, it is only a matter of habit and your good will.

To help you succeed, we offer you 5 tips that will make your language learning process easier.

Listen to speak better

According to some linguists, we begin to learn our firs language during the so-called «silent» periond, i.e, as babies, we learn by listening to understand and reproduce sounds. We need to listen because it helps us to put in order the learned vocabulary and retain grammatical structures, therefore, to lay the foundations of our language.

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