Can iPad Help You Improve Your English?

The experiment is on. EF International Language Centers are providing students who travel abroad with iPads to bring real-life language and hands-on learning into the classroom.

“We are proud to be the first and only language school to fully integrate iPads into our curriculum. They are blended into our overall teaching method, the EF Efekta Learning System which fundamentally improves the way students learn a language,” says Eva Kockum, president of EF International Language Centers.

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The EF schools in Bristol and Manchester have already introduced dedicated iPad lessons, making the classes more interactive. Students can use the devices to get instant access to real-life English by bringing live examples of English video, text or sound into their discussions and presentations.

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The size and cable-free design of iPads means that they can be shared and passed around for collaborative work in a way that is not possible in the traditional computer session, says EF.

Students can work on lessons or class presentations together which they can then take with them as they move around the campus, working with others and doing what language students want to do most: speak English.

EF is further implementing this teaching approach and by September students at all EF schools will get to benefit from their first iPad learning experience, it says.

EF is a leading provider of international education. The announcement was made by the EF Education First Ltd. Monday, March 14.

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