APAC ELT Convention 2014
(Recognised by the Catalan Education Dept.: Resolució 18/09/2013 Codi 9000090472)
The huge impact
that internet has had in our lives tends to obscure the fact that
only 20 years ago most of us did not know what email was and hadnever accessed the world wide web. With more than two billion users today and projections for double that number by 2020, internet will have
drastically changed the way we access information, and the way we
consider education and learning takes place.
How are these
changes materializing? It’s not about resources any more. For some
years now, teachers at conferences have been sharing links to online
dictionaries, exercises, videos, podcasts, speech recognition and
error analysis systems, all for free. However, the wealth of
resources available were used basically as additional inputs, or
extra practice materials and had not yet changed
the structure of our classes, nor the role of the teachers.
developments using web 2.0 technologies aimed at catering for
personal learning styles and rhythms such as PLE
(Personal Learning Environments) MOOCs
Open Online Courses) are making
their way into our society and will surely reshape our classrooms and
our role as teachers. Connectivity, networking and life-long learning
are the basis in both approaches, and full responsibility stays with
the learners, who can and must decide the content, the method
and the timing wiith learning
opportunities now available 24/7.
is the role of the teacher of English in this context? Web 2.0
technologies and free availability of courses online offer a learning
paradise but they also present challenges which are diverse
for the different educational levels. Many questions
arise, to which we still have no answers. Will diversity in the
classroom increase with 24/7 accessibility? Do we teachers still
have a role as content providers? What should be our role? How can we
help students streamline the wealth of opportunities according to
their needs and interests? What should the links be between the
classroom and round the clock accessibility?
hope to be able to share our questions in the coming APAC ELT
Convention, and look forward to finding some answers.