The State Department recently convened 24 educational technology experts from the private sector, academia, and the U.S. government at the White House for the first “Technology in English” workshop. The workshop explored new ways of increasing worldwide access to high quality English-language learning opportunities.
Participants in the workshop brainstormed how we can work together more effectively to keep pushing the limits. English-teaching and technology experts from academia are deeply interested in how technology assists the learning process. Private sector representatives want to make their products more successful through accessibility, ease of use and efficiency. The State Department, USAID, and the Peace Corps assist and build relationships between the peoples of other countries as a necessary step to solving global challenges.
The workshop group continued their discussion online and plans to meet again at the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) International Convention in Baltimore next year, where thousands of English teachers from around the world will gather to attend workshops and learn new teaching techniques and approaches.