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Tech Tips For Teaching Languages

Thank YouBritish newspaper The Guardian has put together some terrific tips for using current technologies to teach languages. In an article by Emma Durry, teachers can see how everything from cutting edge tech like QR codes to antiquated tools like music videos can be used to help students master a foreign language.

While the tips and techniques outlined here are specific to language classes, many if not all of them, can easily be adapted for any classroom situation.

 

 

 

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