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Joseph M. Terantino

Emerging Technologies: YouTube for Foreign Languages

been downloaded and converted to a playable format, they are more portable and do not require an Internet connection.


The concept of utilizing videos in the foreign language classroom is not novel by any means. However, the opportunity for student-created videos and social networking provided by YouTube presents a radical new approach to providing linguistic input and encouraging students to engage in the target language. Utilizing this approach to learning foreign languages concentrates on the defining characteristics of the digital natives for whom digital technologies and social networking have become commonplace and indispensable in their daily lives.

It is undeniable that foreign language teaching will remain a delicate balancing act; however, YouTube is a tool that can help tilt the scales in favor of teachers. Integrating the use of YouTube videos in foreign languages is a valuable resource for teachers and students. In addition, YouTube provides a powerful, social venue in which the potential reach is exponential (Prensky, 2009). Typically, foreign language teachers may share with their fellow teachers in the same school, possibly with others in the same district. By posting a useful video to YouTube there is unlimited access to instructional videos and the potential benefit across the globe is much higher. Consider Conjugations Back, nearly 300,000 views, Internet Killed the Video Star, more than 2 million views, and Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture, over 12 million views worldwide.


Joseph M. Terantino is Director of the Foreign Language Resource Collection and Coordinator for Online Learning and the Critical Languages Program at Kennesaw State University. He is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Foreign Language Education. His research interests are related to CALL, FLED, and the integration of technology in teaching.

E-mail: jteranti@kennesaw.edu


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