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Success with technology in language learning

Success with technology


They pay you to teach -- but in fact you're a restaurant manager, a cook and a kitchen slave. In the digital age, are there magic ingredients, recipes, that will make your "restaurant" a success?

Course aimed at:

Secondary school and EOI teachers of English who are interested in finding easy, practical and successful ways to use technology in learner-centred classrooms.

In this practical course course, we'll be looking at what makes tasks involving technology “work” and how we can make the next academic year a more technologically successful one for you. The course will enable teachers to learn through hands-on activities and experimentation with various tech tools such as Edmodo, Google Drive, mobile devices, video and games. By the end of the course, participants will have increased their confidence in using technology and will have learnt how it can support effective and fun language learning experiences.

This course is designed to be of interest to teachers whose learners are 12+ (and up to young adults) and whose level is pre-intermediate or above (and up to much higher levels).

Note that the course will be taught entirely in English.


  • When: July 10—14, 2017
  • Where: International House Barcelona, Trafalgar 14, 08010 Barcelona
  • Timetable: 09.00—14.15 plus personal study time
  • Duration: 30 hours
  • Places available: 20

Course content

A pre-course needs analysis will be emailed to you which will allows us, to some extent, to tailor the course contents to meet the participants' needs and interests, but sessions are likely to include the following:

  • What do we mean by "success" in language teaching?
  • Success with using mobile devices in the classroom
  • Success with technology-enhanced presentations by learners
  • Success with YouTube clips
  • Success with Edmodo
  • Success with collaboration in and beyond the classroom
  • Success with Gamification (using games to develop language skills)
  • Top 10 keys to success with classroom technology


  • To try out a number of Web 2.0 tools with tasks designed for language learners
  • To take away practical and engaging ideas for using technology successfully with language classes in the next academic year
  • To establish 10 key ways to ensure that use of classroom technology is successful

Your course tutor...

Your course tutor

Sophia Mavridi has been involved in ELT teaching and teacher training since 1998. She specialises in training language teachers to use technology in a student-centred and creative way. She is currently teaching on the technology module of the MA TESOL & Applied Linguistics at the University of Salford and she is also providing hands-on training courses and seminars around Europe.

Sophia has worked as a primary and secondary school EFL teacher as well as a Director of Studies and she uses this experience to provide realistic and practical ideas to the teachers she trains.

Feel free to connect with her on Twitter (@SophiaMav) and take a look at her blog (sophiamavridi.com).



You should have made some previous use of technology with learners, but if you've ever showed them a YouTube clip, that would be sufficient.

The technical expertise required of participants is fairly low: if you can create a PowerPoint document and find things on the Internet (or do much more than that!), you'll find the course challenging, fun, but not a difficult one from the technological point of view.

It would be helpful – but not essential – if you bring a smartphone with you.


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