Innovation in Language Learning

Edition 16

Accepted Abstracts

Inclusive Foreign Language Learning through Digital Tools

Emanuela Leto, I.C. Laura Lanza Baronessa di Carini (Italy)


Learning foreign languages, in particular English, nowadays is a necessity for individuals as our world citizens. Although a wide variety of languages spoken in Europe, and around 7000 in the world, only a few of these are  studied in schools as foreign languages due to the role they have in our daily professional, cultural, social and political life. “English is unquestionably the main foreign language learnt in Europe” as stated in Eurydice Key-Data-on-Teaching-Languages (2017). Acquiring a new language can be somehow difficult for any student, further more for students with peculiar learning difficulties. The students, who can be classified as Special or Different needs, cannot be set apart in a world pushed towards change by constant varying emigrational streams. A global education in a multilingual world requires a quest for the most effective and “different" methodologies to overcome the learning gap each student, facing a particular learning situation, can go through. In this sense, digital instruments offer a variety of methodological approaches, which can help them to acquire a proper level of competence in foreign language. According to this, I have been experiencing 10 years of teaching English as a foreign language, using mainly digital tools to create personalized contents in order to break away from the one-size-fits-all models and meeting the student’s “unique” special needs.

Keywords: ICT Based Language Teaching, Learning Approaches, Language Learning, International Mobility.

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