Using Technology in EFL/ESL Classroom

Ahmed Mohamed Abunowara

Abstract


Educational technologies are becoming increasingly important and promise to change the way students learn and teachers teach. However, technology has been around in language teaching for decades. For example, the blackboard, as a form of technology, has been used for centuries. Tape recorders, language labs and videos have been in use since the 1960s and 1970s, and are still used in classrooms around the world (Dudeny and Hockly, 2008).

The use of technology in the classroom is becoming increasingly important for the presentation of authentic materials and hopefully it will become a normal part of ELT practice in the coming years. Yet teacher training programs often ignore training in the use of ICT, and teachers are often far less skilled than their own students when it comes to using current technology.

This paper reports on technology in language teaching and the relation between technology and authentic materials. Particular emphases will be also placed on the lack of technology in our education system in general and the language centers in particular.


Keywords


technology, authenticity, advantages, attitudes.

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