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Learning Technologies for Adults

22/09/2016
by Baiba Svenča
Language: EN
Document available also in: LV CS

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The use of digital learning technologies is not just a privilege of pupils. They can be successfully used also by adults for improving their knowledge and skills. Digital tools relieve performance of various study assignments. However, to work skilfully with the online tools, at least minimal knowledge of English is needed.

If you wish to learn a foreign language, but you have no time to attend courses, you are welcome to use the globally popular online site https://www.duolingo.com/ that is available for free. There is a big choice of languages and a possibility to download an application for smartphones.

A similar site https://www.memrise.com/  offers to learn various languages with emphasis on enlarging vocabulary) and other subjects in a very simple way.

When using the Internet it is often necessary to translate a word. Instead of Google Translate I recommend using the excellent tool http://lingro.com/. Its operational principles differ from the accustomed ones. In Lingro site select the source and target language. Then in field No.1 paste the website address you want to be translated. You will be offered a new version of this site where all words will be translated.
Another site performing better than Google Translate is http://tradukka.com/translate offering a huge selection of languages. Paste the foreign language text in the field (up to 5000 signs) and you will get a translation in the selected language.

When learning a foreign language the student has to write a lot and it can be done in several online sites created for this purpose rather than on paper. An outstanding site is https://penzu.com/ , use it if you wish to write personal notes or a diary. However, if you want somebody besides you, for example, the teacher to read what you have written, use https://penmia.com/Home.aspx  which is suitable either for private writing or sharing it with selected people. As with all these tools, the latter two also offer an application for smartphones which enable you to write anywhere.

Those learning Russian have an excellent opportunity to write in Russian without replacing their keyboard. It is offered by the online site http://russian.typeit.org/ with the letters of the Russian alphabet. Please note that the website also offers other languages. If you wish somebody to correct mistakes in your writing do it with the efficient tool https://www.grammarly.com/ . The small application must be installed as a Firefox plug-in and it will indicate grammar mistakes in your language.

The student wishing to improve his speaking skills in a foreign language can first record a text and then listen to his own voice. A very simple free online tool is http://recordmp3online.com/ (use it with Google Chrome) that allows to record the voice and listen to it right after recording. The recorded file can be saved.

For each learning activity corresponding  electronic assistance tool can be found or an application that saves time and makes studying thrilling.

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Comments

  • Anna Kwiatkowska's picture

    Thank You for thise article.

    Would be great if we could build somewhere on this platfom a dynamic, interactive list of such applications.

    Free applications, open licence - it is internet's generosity. I always thing with a great respect about application author or community of developers build arround any application (like it is with Open Office, Wordpress or Drupal).

    Let me mention one website more. It is not stricltly for language learning. It is a website when You can find educational tasks for every learning level, including longlife learning - learningapps.org

    Portal has 20 languages versions. Have fun. :-)

  • Baiba Svenča's picture

    Hi Anna,

    Thanks for your comment and suggestion of a great website that lists learning apps and games.

    I agree that a page with free open-source applications and tools would be handy to adult learners who use computers but I have no idea how we can all collaborate on building it. It seems that this site supports only individual articles and posts. 

    All the best to you.

  • kristine kazakevica's picture
    Pilnīgi piekrītu, autores teiktajam ka mūsdienu digitālo tehniku attīstība dod iespēju pašizglītošanās ceļa apgūt gan valodas,gan pilnveidot savas zināšanas un prasmes izmantojot google priekšrocības. Vienīgais šķērslis var rasties tiem pieaugušajiem, kuri nevar pārkāpt baiļu slieksnim no datora.