CALICO Journal, Vol 24, No 2 (2007)

The Expanding Role of Technology in Foreign Language Teacher Education Programs

Christopher L. Luke, Jody S. Britten
Issued Date: 7 Aug 2014

Abstract


The advent of the technological era continues to impact foreign language education in numerous ways. Current and future foreign language educators must learn to effectively and meaningfully merge technology with instructional practices and activities. This responsibility necessitates a thorough and realistic understanding of the various functions, uses, strengths, and limitations of technology in education settings. A logical starting place for teachers to gain knowledge and expertise with technology is teacher education programs at the college level. The purposes of this article are (a) to highlight and explain some of the expanding roles and affordances of technology in a collegiate foreign language education program and (b) to encourage continued research and development of instructional technology in teacher education programs. Rather than focusing on one particular class, this article illustrates how technology can be an integral and cohesive programmatic component interwoven throughout teacher candidates' entire academic careers.

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DOI: 10.1558/cj.v24i2.253-268

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