New Routes

New technology and ELT: the state of the art

Pete Sharma

 

There can be no doubt that new technology has forever changed the teaching and learning of languages. Why then is T.E.L.L. (technology-enhanced language learning) such a controversial area? This article provides a ‘snapshot’ of technology in ELT today. It describes some ways in which using educational technology has benefitted language teaching, and then explores some of the controversies.

 

For the rest of this article, please see: New Routes May 2009 Number 38 ISSN 1516-3601 Distributed in Brasil by Disal

2 thoughts on “New Routes

  1. “There can be no doubt that new technology has forever changed the teaching and learning of languages”

    Sorry, haven’t read the linked article yet but couldn’t resist commenting on this sentence. Unless we include CD players, I would imagine that new technology has had zero impact on the vast majority of being learning EFL today. That includes, bizarrely, most students in Japan, so I can only assume that in less developed countries it is only more so

  2. Hi Alex. Thanks so much for your comment. Start of a very interesting debate? I would maintain new technology has had such an impact, if we include (say) electronic translators; and (say) how concordancers have influenced the content of course books. I cannot imagine approaching an EAP course without using the Internet. (Etc). (Mind you I was amazed there seemed so few IWBs in Japan on a recent trip). Best

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