A rationale for LingTECHguistics*

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The LingTECHguistics* methodology consists on teaching second language (L2) lessons in full immersion through a sustained affective stimulus. This stimulus consists in a developmentally appropriate computer activity.

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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

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(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.

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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.

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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

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