Autonomous language learning with technology
Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) wants English language education to be more communicative. Japanese teachers of English (JTEs) need to adapt their instructional practices to meet this goal; however, they may not feel confident enough to teach speaking themselves. Using technology, JTEs have the ability to interact with native speakers around the world when it’s convenient for them. Three of the available tools are discussed in this article with specifics on how to use them for autonomous language learning and finding partners to practice speaking English. Taking advantage of these tools will build JTEs’ confidence and English abilities, and will allow them to better instruct students communicatively.
Forsythe, E. (2013). Autonomous language learning with technology. The JALT CALL Journal, 9(3), 329-337.