E-learning helps pupils engage with language lessons

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More than half of language teachers in the UK are frequently using technology-based tools to support their lessons, with 85 per cent opting for computer-based language-learning programs that can be integrated into classroom teaching, according to a survey by Rosetta Stone (UK) Ltd.

Nearly three quarters of these technologically savvy teachers would vouch for the positive impact of computer-based learning tools on their students’ engagement in the language learning process (74 per cent) and their ability to increase the levels of student participation in the classroom (72 per cent).

Over two thirds of respondents (67 per cent) also felt that technology offered the additional advantages of encouraging students to learn independently and allows them to progress at their own pace.

The poll was commissioned by Rosetta Stone to gain an understanding of the role of e-learning in the language education field, and the impact technology-based learning tools have on student engagement, and surveyed teachers in both Modern Foreign Language (MFL) and English as an Additional Language (EAL) departments throughout the UK.

French proved the most commonly taught language amongst the surveyed teachers, with nearly half of respondents (46 per cent) specialising in the language. Spanish (18 per cent) and German (16 per cent) were other taught languages in the MFL arena, and 13% of respondents were specialists in the EAL field.

Jon Gilbert, Training Manager at Rosetta Stone, said “Student engagement in the language-learning journey is an increasingly relevant issue for schools and colleges, and computer-based tools that allow pupils to interact with the target language and compare their pronunciation against native speakers form a valuable part of the blended learning solution.”

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