This morning I read an article in a national newspaper looking at mobile technology in the classroom It divided schools up into two groups: Schools which allow learners to use technology in lessons Schools which don’t allow learners to use technology in lessons From the teachers’ part, there is always the argument that smartphones and tablets “disturb lessons” – they are a nuisance and distract learners from the focus of the lesson. However, the opposite argument is that mobile technology can bring a lot to lessons and learning i...
From a traditional school approach, reading in language learning was more about: Reading a text out loud Answering boring questions about the text Looking at grammar points which come up in the text And in some schools, it was also about: Translating the text However, reading in real life doesn’t require any of these. Think about it – when do you read aloud? When does someone quiz you about something you just read? When do you translate a text? The answer to all of the above is simply never or almost never. Reading is a sk...
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