SUPARAK TECHACHAREONRUNGRUEANG (CHIANG MAI UNIVERSITY)
TEACH LESS, DO MORE: APPLICATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY TO ENGLISH LINGUISTICS CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES : ELT INNOVATIVE PEDAGOGY
The study sheds light on introducing an application of technology to active classroom activities in an English Linguistics course. As active learning has gained more attention in higher education nowadays, this pedagogical technique helps create classroom environment where learners gain knowledge and apply their knowledge to certain situations by practicing, working collaboratively and cooperatively, and problem-solving. The context of the study is a classroom of the second-year undergraduates majoring in English, Faculty of Education, Chiang Mai University, and studying Introduction to Language course as a core curriculum subject. The active learning classroom can be implemented with an aid of technology, including small tasks (i.e. 5-8 minutes of quiz competitions and/or pauses for reflections), medium tasks (i.e. 10-15 minutes for group discussions), and large tasks (i.e. 20-30 minutes of case studies). The list of technological devices involves mentimeter.com and quizizz.com for small and medium tasks; online IPA charts, YouTube clips, and Flipgrid for medium and large tasks; Online Etymology Dictionary, AntConc software, British National Corpus (BNC) and Thai National Corpus (TNC) for large tasks. Facebook group is also employed to give some announcements and extra activities before examinations. As the study has just started its life, it hopes to provide some contributions on teaching linguistics in classroom to emphasize learners' metalinguistic awareness and to familiarize students with logical and systematic thinking for learning more courses of linguistics in the future.
Suparak Techacharoenrungrueang is a lecturer at Department of English, Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University. His special interest involves linguistics and English Language Teaching, and translation studies.