WILLE, Ilona C.

Ilona C. Wille is German Studies Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at Trent University. My focus in teaching language and culture has been on the practical application of social media and information technology as pedagogical tools. My research interests include contemporary and comparative Women's Literature, German Women Writers during the Romantic Period and Contemporary Literature in Translation.

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Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, German Studies Section Eaton College, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, K9J 7B8
(705) 748-1011, c/o ext. 7626
Research Description
The focus of my latest research is Creativity and Technology. Using Technology to Increase Student Creativity and Engagement in Language Acquisition. In this paper I discuss the practical application of social media and information technology to Introductory German language courses. With new technologies readily available and ever changing, teaching and learning are in transition. Processing information and constructing knowledge is key to language learning. An essential aspect of effective learning is to connect the learners’ real life activities and situations to the learning process and the course content. Purely text based language learning does not reach today’s learners. Technology, media and music are key pedagogical tools that bring virtual life to a classroom. Technology-based cognitive reinforcement not only enhances the theoretical aspect of language learning, it also improves retention more effectively. Encouraging students to explore and share self directed experiences with technology causes a shift from the traditional teaching style of the instructor transmitting knowledge to a more learner-centered, interactive process.