Second Language Acquisition Online Reflections.

To learn a new language is a long term goal. I had the opportunity to experience it as a student and a teacher. This demanding process combines internal and external factors such motivation, personal agenda, purpose, and desire to learn. The acquisition process is frequently perceived by the student as slow and difficult and this can negatively affect the student’s interest and desire to learn.

One of the most engaging factors in a language course is the flexibility to adapt the student’s expectations and personal circumstances. I am constantly reflecting about the application of distant education on the language acquisition process. What are the potential advantages of taking an online language acquisition course? Which are the best practices in the eLearning education that can be successful in this specific area? What are the resources and tools most convenient to improve the student experience? What can be the different teacher approaches depending on the student’s native language and their desire to learn?

The incorporation of emerging technologies opens enormous possibilities in the second language acquisition process. Some advantages of using online instruction are time flexibility, accessibility, adaptability to the learner’s specific needs, and student’s ability to control during his own process. This is aligned with important educational theoretical frames as the Adult Learner Theory and the Constructivism Theory.

Another aspect to consider are the variety of activities to experience with each lesson such as joint learning communities, conversations with native speakers, translation experiences, pronunciation exercises, researching and discovering traditions, geography, grammar, culture, music, lectures, and news. These are some of the infinite real life experiences that can be incorporated into an online course.

4 responses to “Second Language Acquisition Online Reflections.”

  1. Hi Rosanna,
    You mentioned your experience as both a student and a teacher in second language acquisition. I’m curious how your experience as a student of a second language shaped your approach as a teacher of a second language. In my experience, I know my time as a student of Spanish has greatly impacted my approach as a teacher of Spanish. Do you think that your experience as an online student is also shaping your approach as an online teacher? How are you impacted? Positively? Negatively?

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    1. Adrienne, like you, any experience as a teacher, as a student, as a presenter or as an online student modifies my teaching approach. I believe we are constantly changing and adapting our thinking, methodologies, strategies, and planning. All of our experiences will be reflected in our educational practices in some way. The impact in my case is mainly positively, I became more flexible and sensitive to others’ perspectives and I believe that is a wonderful learning opportunity. Thank you for always providing great questions to make me reflect : )

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  2. Great thoughts! It seems like Skype would be an excellent tool for foreign language learning. I was recently talking to a student who had studies abroad and he related how hard it is to practice the German in Germany. He said no one wanted to take the time to speak to him quicker to speak to him in English.
    Do you see Skype as a helpful tool? Would you assign topics for discussion? Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hello Meagan, thank for your comment. In fact around a year ago I made a video review about the uses of Skype in the classroom as a useful tool for teaching languages. This is the link is case you are interested in watching it http://screencast.com/t/AWNAZtajqPDN.

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