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Language Learning and iPad

Language teachers at local schools are entering into a competition to win iPads for their classrooms and publishing desperate pleas to support their entries on Facebook. 

I don’t get this at all. I’ve been teaching languages literally for decades and I can’t even begin to imagine how an iPad can help in this process. 

I’d rather kids weren’t introduced to anything that is run on apps. Apps make people dumb. If you are desperate for technology in the classroom, go with a computer. Although, I fail to see how even a computer could be useful in language learning.


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17 thoughts on “Language Learning and iPad

  1. For the TOEIC test, my iPad was very useful, though.

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  2. Anonymous on said:

    Can some computer software detect when your vowel sounds in a new language are not quite correct? This might free up time of the teacher to work on other aspects of language learning.


    • Pronunciation is best addressed by singing all together in the target language. And it’s so much more fun than staring at a screen, isolated from the world.

      Language is a tool of communication. You can’t skip communication when learning language.


    • Pronunciation is better addressed with singing songs, but teachers can use computers to hear again those same songs and address pronunciation problems more efficiently.


  3. “Apps make people dumb”

    Nope…dumb people overuse stupid apps.


  4. David Bellamy on said:

    Sorry…the comment a out computers and accents was from me. I am on a new device and forgot to enter my email.


  5. A computer can be useful in language learning if one goes on sites written by those who are literate and have good vocabularies.


  6. Language learning apps are, like google translate – most useful to those who could get by fine without them.


  7. Haha I agree! Modern technology like mobile phone and apps make people dumb….


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