Practical Applications of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in Foreign Language Teaching

Workshop Presenter(s):  Bora Demir /Muzaffer Ozdemir (Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University)

​Recent developments in digital technologies have changed the nature of learning and teaching languages by defining new roles and responsibilities both for teachers and students. Regarded as digital natives, today’s young learners’ ideas and opinions about instructional materials and educational settings are evolving in an unpredictable way. Hence, policy makers, researchers, and educators should be in an attempt of finding innovational and alternative ways for teaching foreign languages and offer alternative ways for educational pedagogy. In this respect, the main aim of this workshop is to provide insight about two of these digital instructional materials, namely Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).

The first part of the workshop will focus on using interactive AR flashcards and participants will have the chance to experience the content with active involvement by using the flashcards designed for teaching verb+noun collocations in English. In the second part of the workshop, the participants will experience a virtual reality learning environment which was designed with reference to a particular unit from the national curriculum of English for 5th graders.

Following the hands-on experience sessions both for the AR and VR applications, the participants will contribute to the workshop by sharing their opinions about using these applications. They will also have the opportunity to express their ideas about the integration and future uses of AR and VR in contemporary foreign language teaching settings.

LET-IN R&D GROUP  Members

​Prof. Dr. Meltem Huri BATURAY, Prof. Dr. Dinçay KÖKSAL, Prof. Dr. Gonca Yangın EKŞİ, Prof. Dr. Yalın Kılıç TÜREL, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muzaffer ÖZDEMİR