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In the present scenario English language in India has become a powerful medium for wider range of communication. The vital mode of communication in the present society is modern technological sources like the internet. Furthermore, in academic settings, learners rely on technology for various needs. In this context, the author fervently believes that the English language teachers need to realize the importance of modern technology which empowers learning of English language. Hence, as a teacher, one needs to adapt innovative methods while saying good bye to the old age practice of using a box of chalk as one of the teaching aids in some of the schools and colleges in India.
Schools and colleges in India follow a set of curriculum that is based on conventional methods. Due to inadequate awareness of innovative methods, some of the teachers who still follow conventional methods fail to make their teaching interesting. Hence, teachers need to adopt various technology based methods to make the teaching/learning process effective. Hence, the author has come up with a few suggestions that can empower the English in classroom. For instance the author suggests that listening and writing skills can be developed through the effective use of technology. In order to strengthen the learners in these components like listening and writing, a vivacious practice in listening and writing skill is inevitable.
As per the AICT norms, students in engineering colleges follow software like 'Glob arena' in the English communication skills lab to learn the English language whereby they do different tasks based on four main components of English language that is, Listening, Speaking, reading, and Writing. However, a teacher in the classroom find tough to keep her/his class interesting due to lack of awareness on how to use the modern technology or lack of infrastructure in the college campus. The vital mode of communication in the present society is modern technological sources like the internet. The Information and Communication Technologies have their content in English that makes students develop and use skills to compose, respond and present through their critical thinking. This kind of activity certainly helps students improve their skills like listening and writing with the use of multimedia, word processing, etc.
In order to implement such tasks in the classrooms teachers also should understand how to use it. They need to identify how Information Technology can be used to attain the main objectives of the English curriculum.
Though, there are of course many ways of teaching/ presenting the text to the learners in the classroom through the use of technology, I, perhaps would like to put forth few of them that might help in the use of teaching English language in the classroom. Learners, for example, can be given a task based on the related text or the texts that help improve specifically listening and writing. Thus, one can come across using social networks mentioned bellow:
Learners in the classroom may be given an opportunity to present their task using power point presentation under the guidance of their teacher. Literature based tasks can make the learner interested and engaged in browsing the internet for related information through Google search.
Twitter and other similar sites:
Twitter being widely used social net work is another way out in improving writing skills. Whatever that you would like to express or share you can through these social network sites. Apart from the above said site one can expose to sites like facebook.com, linkedin.com, pinterest.com new.myspace.com, and livejournal.com which allow millions of people share their views.
Teachers can use a range of teaching tools such as discussion boards, forums, email, raps, web quests, video and digital photography, e movies, and even mobile phones as tools for delivery of class program. This opens reciprocal dialogue between members of the class community and may be extended to the school community at large through activities such as blogs and wikis,
( Kinzie, 2005, pB01)
Using Internet enables English teachers engage into this learning style and the dominant youth culture. Many modern Internet texts can also be used as a starting point for the exploration of traditional texts (Smithson, 2005). For example, an interactive site such as the virtual tour of the Globe Theatre site allows us to bring Shakespeare's world to life.
Using Internet as a classroom tool has many other benefits because Internet:
provides highly motivational activities for students â€¦Initially computer-based activities can provide stimulus to undertake tasks that students may otherwise avoid
links to other learning and to real-world situations and experiences that reflect gender & cultural diversity
increases opportunities for student interaction and decision makingâ€¦This interactive process has the potential to cater for individual learning styles
makes complex tasks more manageable â€¦in some cases these activities require the development of new skills
makes repetitive tasks more interesting
illustrates complex processes or concepts
provides access to resourcesâ€¦increases the need for students to develop critical thinking and effective information processing skills
(DET Computer Based Technologies in the English KLA, 1997, pps 6-7))
The aim is to explore the use of a range of digital and media resources with an English subject focus. Develop capacity and confidence with digital technology and resources. Devise, compose, produce and present a digital, still or moving image product that has value in its own right and potential for use in the classroom
During the day, the students experience the challenge and the satisfaction of working collaboratively and creatively with state-of-the-art technologies to a tight timescale. This is helpful in terms of establishing a relationship with the campus placement enviornment, especially for students who would later undertake placements and/or employment in the area. Students also had a chance to reflect on ways in which the digital context may provide opportunities for engaging with and responding creatively to literary texts - of paramount importance in the context of teaching English.
The surveys also established that many teachers said Technology could be a useful educational tool. In the Pew Survey, which was done in juxtaposition with the college Board and the national writing project, roughly 75 percent of 2,462 teachers surveyed said that the Internet and search Engines had a 'mostly positive' impact on student research kills, and they said such tools had made students more self-sufficient researchers.
Hence, teachers/learners utilize various modes of communications like Computers, video conferencing, computer games, online courses, blogs, video sharing, websites, smart phones, web 2.0 tools, that do connect our world like never before. They have shortened distances and widened our opportunities to learn from each other: to envision new places, connect new people, explore other cultures, learn new languages, and share and develop ideas. Chasing the world of knowledge into the classroom has never been closer, easier, or more inspiring for teachers and students in the classroom.