By Dr. Katharine B. Nielson –
Last month, I was asked to host a webinar for Digital Promise on implementing technology programs in workforce language training. Drawing on research from the fields of second language acquisition and technology-mediated instruction, I presented a framework for developing a strategy, designing effective language instruction, and measuring learner and course outcomes.
Workforce development is the ideal place to implement a task-based language training program because learners have clear, real-world goals and because language instruction can be incorporated into training for other skills. Put another way, rather than pulling learners into ESL classes, English instruction can be offered to learners alongside the training they are receiving in any subject area, from computer skills to technical training.
If you’d like more information on how to go about designing a program like this, check out the webinar here or watch below!
Katharine Nielson, Ph.D. leads a team of curriculum specialists, data analysts, and research associates to develop test items, curate language learning content, develop curricula, and run empirical studies. She’s spent twenty years teaching languages, researching how to teach languages, and teaching people how to teach languages in various settings around the world.