We are presenting on both Saturday and Sunday:
Sat, Jun 18, 10:45-11:15: Nation’s Four Strands and Digital Language Pedagogy with ZenGengo
Sun, Jun 19, 15:15-15:45: AI-Powered Digital Lessons for Global English Learners
Supercharge your language teaching with ZenGengo!
Whether your classes are face-to-face, blended, hybrid or fully online, ZenGengo helps language teachers to create engaging and interactive online assignments in just minutes.
With 10 assignment types that have been specially designed for language learning, ZenGengo covers all 4 language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Features such as AI voice recognition, text-to-speech, and auto-grading save teachers countless hours while ensuring that students remain motivated and challenged on the path to greater proficiency.
Personalized scoring and feedback are available for Audio Recordings, Video Recordings and Written Reports. Feedback is simple to administer and can be offered in three modalities: text, audio and video.
Free Lesson Library
ZenGengo also has a large (and ever-growing) library of pre-made content. No subscription is required to browse lessons or share them with your students, but those who join ZenGengo can import and modify lessons as well as track student progress and administer feedback. The library can be searched by title or by CEFR level, and you’re sure to find plenty of inspiration for your language classes.
Just for Japan, we have recently launched ZenGengo Academy, an online service for providing CEFR-levelled homework tasks aimed at university students. Teachers can use the platform for free while students purchase access cards from the campus bookstore. Those interested in signing up for ZenGengo Academy should contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AI-Powered Digital Lessons for Global English Learners
Anyone who has ever tried to learn a foreign language knows that it is not easy. It takes a lot of time, a lot of energy, and a lot of determination. In fact, the time required for Japanese speakers to obtain proficiency in English is estimated to be over 2,500 hours of intentional study (Inagaki, 2005). Scholars such as Nation (2007) also highlight the importance of "time on task", and argue that in order to learn to read and write you have to read and write a lot. In the 21st Century, non-native speakers of English are in the majority, and English is used as a global Lingua Franca. This means that English learners should be engaging with and producing English as a global language. And as we all know from our experiences during the pandemic, students need to be able to access learning content and activities whether face-to-face, fully online, or anywhere in between. Bearing these facts in mind, the speaker introduces "ZenGengo Academy", a new AI-powered content solution for Japanese learners of English at the A2 to B1 CEFR level. ZenGengo Academy contains one-hundred lessons of effective and engaging content, from Mario to the Titanic, from Flamingos, to Sustainable Development Goals. Each lesson contains five interactive activities that require students to both comprehend and produce English in a variety of forms. Teachers can easily keep track of how long students have spent studying, and how well they have understood the content. Supplementing classroom-based study with ZenGengo Academy increases time-on-task and provides learners with much-needed exposure to global Englishes. Inagaki, S. (2005). How Long Does it Take for Japanese Speakers to Learn English?. 言語と文化, (4), 19-29. Nation, P. (2007). The four strands. International Journal of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 1(1), 2-13.
Nation’s Four Strands and Digital Language Pedagogy with ZenGengo
In recent years, the move toward blended and hybrid forms of language learning has lead many teachers to re-evaluate their digital toolsets. Language teachers in particular need not only a reliable set of tools but also a solid pedagogical framework within which these tools can be put to use. As the old saying goes – it’s not just the technology, but what you do with it that counts. Renowned linguist Paul Nation argues that a well-balanced language course should consist of four strands: meaning-focused input, meaning-focused output, language-focused learning, and fluency development (Nation, 2007). In this presentation, the developer of ZenGengo, a web-based language teaching and learning platform, will demonstrate how the platform can be used to quickly and easily create activities that correspond with each of Nation’s four strands. The presenter will show how by using ZenGengo, language teachers can not only create more effective and engaging activities for their learners, but also manage their own workloads more efficiently, and ensure that students can always access their course materials whether face-to-face, fully online, or somewhere in between. Nation, P. (2007). The four strands. International Journal of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 1(1), 2-13.