It is almost impossible to deny that digital technology has revolutionized language learning in several ways. Indeed, how we try and learn new and different languages has completely changed in the modern era, with technology has provided us with even more resources than we previously ever had available to use.
Naturally, many are still using written media to learn almost every single language that is available around the world, with academic institutions continuing to provide textbooks. Still, digital technology has since helped the learning process to evolve in a number of ways.
Let’s explore how digital technology has been a game-changer in language learning and explain why they have managed to revolutionize the way in which we learn in the modern era.
Creation of new digital resources
Firstly, digital technology has made it possible for learners to access a vast array of previously unavailable resources.. This includes online dictionaries, translation tools, and language-learning apps.
As we highlighted beforehand, language learners used to be restricted in the way that they would learn as they were limited to the use of written media. These days, they now have access to a number of dedicated resources created to ensure that users get the very best learning experiences possible.
Furthermore, technology has allowed users to be able to get access to videos and streams of TV shows, films, and music audio, which they can then use to try and learn the language of their choice in a way that may be a little more enjoyable than reading.
Those that listen to certain music or invest themselves in reading subtitles or watching foreign language programs can find it is easier to learn what they need to as they become immersed in what is going on, whereas they may find reading to be a task that is boring and perhaps a little difficult to complete and learn from.
Connecting to native speakers
Connecting to native speakers Digital technology has made it possible for learners to connect with native speakers of their target language worldwide
For instance, those who had wanted to try and learn Japanese in the past would have perhaps only had ever had comic books and various other forms of written print available to them to read. Of course, this method proved effective in helping individuals understand certain words that they were reading, however, it never allowed those learning to know whether they were right or how a word would need to be said. This has been a game-changer for many learners who would otherwise never have had to practice their speaking skills with native speakers.
Many continue to participate in many online lessons with native speakers from around the world, thus being able to get a first-hand experience and one that they know will be correct, compared to the ones that they may get when they try and do it themselves.
Linking to the above point that we made, digital technology has made it possible for learners to get feedback on their progress in real-time. Thanksto the growing number of online language learning platforms that offer real-time tutoring and feedback services. With real-time feedback being provided by a native speaker, individuals will instantly know what they need to work on and what areas they may already be strong at. This will then allow them to be more efficient in the language learning process.
Digital technology has thus transformed language learning from a passive to an active process. It has made it possible for learners to take control of their learning, and tailor their studies to their individual needs and goals.