‘Use of Technology in Language Learning’ by Dr. Ashu Tomar

Abstract

Technological advance has contributed greatly to the acceleration of human progress in the past several centuries.  The information and communication technology can be a tremendous force for human development for all those connected by providing information, enabling empowerment and raising productivity.  Technology can be globalizing communication, but globalization and its new rules – is also shaping the path of new technologies. The last 20 years have seen some remarkable innovations in the delivery of education.  The technologies available today, and those about to emerge, have the potential to transform the business of education.  Some nations may decide to invest in technology for education for the “glitz factor”: the technology is there; it is fashionable to have the latest and the best, and it gives a sense of progress to use state-of-art-technology. The demand for more open and accessible learning has continued to increase. Many factors are contributing to this changing educational culture, the most important of which are economic, social, and technological forces.  These forces are worldwide in scope and power, and have had a profound impact on business practices, manufacturing processes, financial services, government policies, and, more recently, teaching practices and learning behaviours. The challenge of providing education and training to a huge and diverse population with a variety of learning goals and styles, at an acceptable cost, will require new forms of global educational delivery. The paper attempts to study the use of technology in learning English language.

Index Terms: Glitz- showiness, Innovation- new, A-V materials- audio video materials, Repertoire- skills, Diacritic- mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation

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