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 13. Language Learning Technologies for K-12 Teachers


Course Description

This course will explore technologies that support language development as well as academic achievement for K-12 English language learners. 

Much of the course will focus on technologies that support English language development and communication skills, such as dedicated software programs, websites, and other technology resources. In addition, you’ll learn how technologies that were developed for other purposes, such as word processing, can be used in targeted ways to promote English language development.

Also, students who successfully complete this course will receive a TESOL Certificate of Completion.

Instructor: Joyce Nutta

Joyce Nutta Ph.D. is associate professor of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and the ESOL Coordinator of the College of Education at the University of Central Florida, where she teaches ESOL Education courses at the graduate level. Her research interests include the use of technology to teach foreign/second languages, distance learning for teacher education, and the integration of ESOL issues into teacher education curricula. She previously served as Interim Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Foreign Language/ESOL Education at the University of South Florida. 

Dr. Nutta has received numerous research and training grants and her research has been published in Foreign Language Annals, TESOL Journal, and CALICO Journal, among other international and national publications. She co-authored Virtual Instruction: Issues and Insights from an International Perspective (Libraries Unlimited, 2000).


Internet access, e-mail, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader).


A new section of each course starts monthly. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.

All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do not have to be present when lessons are released. You will have access to all lessons until the course ends. However, the interactive discussion area that accompanies each lesson will automatically close two weeks after the lesson is released. As such, we strongly recommend that you complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks to complete all of your course work, including the final exam.     


Week 1

Wednesday – Lesson 01
Building an instructional framework for language learning technologies

Friday – Lesson 02
What can teachers of ELLs do with Language Learning Technologies?

Week 2

Wednesday – Lesson 03
How many kinds of language learning technologies are there?

Friday – Lesson 04
Which comes first, the technology or the teaching?

Week 3 

Wednesday – Lesson 05
How do I judge the quality of a language learning technology?

Friday – Lesson 06
Exploring English language development technologies

Week 4

Wednesday – Lesson 07
Exploring differentiated instruction—technologies for making academic content comprehensible and meeting standards

Friday – Lesson 08
Computer-based teaching (software & web-based)

Week 5

Wednesday – Lesson 09
Teaching & learning resources—Accessing & evaluating information

Friday – Lesson 10
Communication technologies

Week 6

Wednesday – Lesson 11
Distance learning technologies

Friday – Lesson 12
Putting it all together

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