Technology is reshaping the way that we communicate with one another.
Mobile apps, online platforms, and other technologies are transforming world language education by creating more dynamic and interactive interfaces that expose students to the nuances of languages and cultures they would have never really known about without the use of this technology.
A report titled, “Innovating Language Education: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief” was commissioned to better understand this and how it can be improved upon. It identifies trends and challenges affecting language education as well as developments in technology for language education. It concludes with a list of five recommendations for how one can improve language communication. Its goal is to “achieve superior levels of world language proficiency while also becoming more culturally aware, global citizens.” In this day and age, it’s important to become more culturally aware and realize that the American way isn’t the “only” way.
The Recommendation Go Thusly:
- Use collaborative tools to foster more authentic interactions in the target language in natural settings; and
- Integrate design thinking into curricula to challenge learners to develop human-centered solutions to global issues;
- Adopt data-driven approaches to determine which instructional approaches and content are effective.
- Build smart partnerships between government, administration, and practitioners from different institutions;
- Enhance the user experience by designing effective online learning environments;
Communication is an organic entity that has always been evolving and will continue to evolve over time.