Smart Technology Integration in the System of Bachelors’ Language Training
Keywords:smart education, smart university, smart technology integration, language training, learning management system (LMS), social networks, language learning platforms
This paper considers the problem of smart technology integration into the system of bachelors’ language training at higher school environment. The use of smart technology in education helps to enrich traditional teaching methods and bring positive learning outcome. However, the application of smart technologies is connected with challenges both educators and students can face. The aim of the article is to consider and assess the use of smart technologies implemented into a foreign language teaching process. For that purpose, we applied such methods as a needs analysis (among lecturers of English from South Ural State University), a questionnaire and an interview (among three groups of students from similar bachelor’s program). The findings show that the majority of those surveyed do understand the importance of smart technology for professional education, but they are not familiar with the types of smart technologies and how to use them. Based on the results of this analysis, the authors applied smart technologies in the process of English teaching, such as different language learning platforms (Ed-modo, TEDed), social networks (VKontakte, Facebook), and a new online language development course, “English for General Purposes” which was implemented through the Moodle (the university corporate learning management system). The analyzed results and the drawn conclusions indicate that the integration of smart technologies allows to boost foreign language skills and encourage motivation.
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