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(K-12/HE) Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom is a Course

(K-12/HE) Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom

Ended May 29, 2018

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Full course description

Course Date:

Apr 9 - May 21, 2018


6 weeks


3-5 hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate (free)


This course is designed to help English language teaching professionals around the world incorporate technology into their classrooms. Participants will acquire basic knowledge and skills in technology through course readings, discussions, and assignments. The course will help participants utilize technology in lesson planning, materials development, feedback, and assessment, and use technology to improve language learning and teaching, as well as professional communication, collaboration, and efficiency by participating in online discussions and presentations as well as completing the assignments.

This course is provided by Iowa State University on behalf of the AE E-Teacher Program, administered by FHI 360 and sponsored by the US Department of State.


At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify technology resources and their potential to support language teaching
  • Demonstrate understanding of the benefits of using free reading sources online and how to utilize fanfiction/communities of fans to connect reading and writing
  • Demonstrate how to evaluate the usefulness of technology tools for teaching listening
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the benefits of using technology to learn and teach speaking and pronunciation

Target Audience: Adult non-native English speaking teachers of English and education professionals interested in professional development opportunities.

Course is offered by the American English Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State.

Course Instructors

Dr. Volker Hegelheimer

Dr. Volker Hegelheimer


Volker Hegelheimer, Ph.D., is a Professor of Applied Linguistics at Iowa State University, where he teaches courses on the use of technology in language learning. Read More.

Volker earned his M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kimberly Becker

Kimberly Becker

Teaching Assistant

Kim Becker is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics & Technology at Iowa State University. Read More.

She earned an MA in TESOL from Northern Arizona University and a BA in English Literature and Music from Millsaps College. Kim's research interests include computer-assisted language learning and corpus linguistics.

Liberato Silva dos Santos

Liberato Silva dos Santos

Teaching Assistant

Liberato Silva dos Santos is a Ph.D. student, research assistant, and teaching assistant in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. Read More.

He earned his B.A. in English and Portuguese from the Catholic University of Goias, Brazil, and his M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Brasilia, Brazil.