The tablet textbook, or digital textbook, is being embraced by many teachers and schools at the forefront of technology. The old days of students lugging around all of their textbooks are quickly being replaced as tablets and mobile devices are becoming cheaper and more accessible for all students. These changes will eventually make it easier for both teachers and students, but some teachers may find it difficult to cross over into unfamiliar territory and move away from using the standard textbook in the classroom.
Last week we wrote about the general use of OpenLanguage in the classroom and the various ways that teachers are using the product. This week I’d like to talk about how to use the OpenLanguage tablet textbook to teach your class.
OpenLanguage has several key features that give teachers the ability to push their language class to the next level. Each lesson contains a dialogue spoken by native speakers, key vocabulary, expansion vocabulary, grammar, exercises, practice, and a task. Some lessons will also have a culture tab to give advice that allows you to more easily interact with the native speakers of your target language.
The practice tab is the most useful for teachers to get as much practice as possible during their class. Each practice lesson provides material for about 35 minutes of speaking practice with students. The practice makes use of the lesson vocabulary and grammar, and will also note other practical language necessary for fluent communication. It gives simple, straightforward, and practical speaking exercises for teachers to practice with their students.
In addition to the practice you can do in class, you may also choose to go over the exercises that are provided. The exercise tab tests the students’ comprehension of the material with matching, multiple choice, dictation, and sentence reordering exercises. If the students have difficulty with grammar, there is a grammar tab that allows you to teach and review key grammar points from the lesson.
As you can see, teaching with OpenLanguage makes it easy for the teacher by providing a template to structure your class around, and it also provides flexibility to go even deeper into the material with expansion vocabulary, cultural topics, and real native language expressions that aren’t covered in most standard textbooks.
If you’re a teacher and interested in trying OpenLanguage in your classroom, please come sign up for your free account at www.openlanguage.com/teachers and try it out!