The promise of mobile technologies and language learning has not been lost by software developers, linguists, and language learners alike. The Apple iTunes Store alone offers 350 language learning apps. Rosetta Stone and Mango should be familiar names, however new language learning apps such as Memrise, Liulishuo, and Fluent Forever have recently attracted attention, and, millions of dollars in funding. However, which of these apps represent truly innovative learning experiences? Moreover, how might these apps supplement language courses taught in traditional environments? The presenter will discuss and evaluate some of the most popular language learning apps currently available on mobile platforms.
Joachim Castellano is a language and media educator with a specialization in technology. He earned a B.S. in Radio/Television/Film from Northwestern University and an M.A. in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. Since 2009, Joachim has taught at the university level in Japan: Kanda University of International Studies, New York University School of Professional Studies Tokyo Center, and presently at Aichi Prefectural University. He actively publishes and presents academic research in journals and conferences worldwide. Joachim’s career includes work for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, Apple Computer, the EdLab of Teachers College, the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame, and the United States State Department. In 2013, Joachim's work in technology and education was recognized when he was selected for the Apple Distinguished Educator award of Japan.