“IF WE TEACH TODAY AS WE TAUGHT YESTERDAY, WE ROB OUR CHILDREN OF TOMORROW”
“Education is evolving due to the impact of the Internet. We cannot teach our students in the same manner in which we were taught. Change is necessary to engage students not in the curriculum we are responsible for teaching, but in school” – April Chamberlain
There has been vast amount of debate over the past twenty years regarding the use of CALL (computer assisted language learning) in the classroom. As I am writing this using a computer and you are reading this blog via the Internet, I presume that you feel that CALL is beneficial to your teaching/learning experience.
I believe there are many advantages for students by using computers in the classroom. I feel that not only can CALL be effectively used for communicative tasks but also for correction and grammar practices. Furthermore, using the internet in your teaching can encourage critical thinking, promote collaborative learning and can be interdisciplinary.
I do realise there are limitations for using the internet. Firstly, it can be extremely difficult to find suitable materials for students as there is an abundance of information to search through. In addition, changing the level of language and appropriateness can also be very demanding for the teacher. Nonetheless, as long as the teacher is aware of the possible dangers of using the internet, I believe you can find a great deal of suitable materials which can be very useful.