Successful implementation of ict materials for language teaching

Andrew Stokes

All too often an institution buys a computer-based language learning resource, and fails to use it effectively. This not only wastes money, it is also demoralizing for teachers and students. In this session we will discuss a two-pronged strategy for ensuring that a school gets the very best out of ICT materials. First, we will consider the rationale for ICT in language teaching: when should teachers use it, and why? We will look at some practical examples. The second part of the strategy focuses on implementation; making sure that both teachers and students are aware of the resources available, feel confident in using them and understand how they can benefit from them. We will look at case studies from three very different institutions in three very different countries, and we will discuss what lessons can be learned from each of them. This will be a practical session with lots of discussion.