Creating a Technology-Rich English Language Learning Environment

  • Michael W. MarekEmail author
  • Wen-Chi Vivian Wu
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This chapter presents a theoretical framework for how and why technology can actually enhance language learning. Then the chapter provides a step-by-step process for making decisions about technology use. Teachers must understand outcome goals for the class or curriculum, identify learning activities that allow students to achieve those outcomes, and only then select one or more technology platforms that can deliver those learning activities via task-based assignments. Evaluation of each potential technology should be based on the affordances of the technology. Best practices and examples are provided. In addition, the chapter addresses how technology fits in with the overall language learning environment, including the physical environment, the social/cultural environment, the instructional environment, and the assessment environment. This chapter uses accessible language and is based on the assumption that readers are teachers who do not currently make extensive use of technology.


Instructional design Technology design Environment English Affordances Motivation Curriculum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wayne State CollegeWayneUSA
  2. 2.Asia UniversityTaichungTaiwan

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