The LingTECHguistics* methodology consists in teaching second language (L2) lessons in full immersion through a sustained affective stimulus. This stimulus consists in a developmentally appropriate computer activity.
The rationale behind this methodology is that students will be :
a) Exposed to second language vocabulary in a real-life scenario
b) Exposed to technology whether familiar or not, in a way that is non-invasive and non-threatening
c) Learn both the language and the technology at the same time
d) Actively and Kinesthetically imitate the process of computer usage while immersing in a new language
(LingTECHguistics using Starboard)
LingTECHguistics* It is NOT computer assisted language learning. The CALL method consists in using computers as the primary resource for language learning. Conversely, in the case of LingTECHguistics*, the teacher continues to be the key element that plans, conducts, and monitors the lesson and students. The computer and technology take a second place.
The aim of the method is not only the integration of language and technology in a non-threatening learning environment of sustained affective stimulus, but also to demonstrate to the students that Technology is not a resource to take arbitrarily. It is an everyday item of our everyday lives that, with an open mind, can be integrated fully.
Hence, the ultimate goal of the LingTECHguistics* program is to demonstrate that it IS possible to learn the language of technology and a second language at the same time, while making technology into a second nature created through human agency.