Thursday, 6 September 2012

Is it valuable to integrate web 2.0 resources into EFL teaching and learning?

Though students are already motivated to use digital technologies because they belong to the "thumb" or "digital" generation, they think they are only going to play interactive games at the computing lab. They associate internet with having fun: chatting with friends and playing interactive games since some school have not incorporated computers as a learning tool. Besides, teachers are still "digital immigrants" and they are, in a way, reluctant to include computing and the use of Internet in their classes. Some of them are completely technophobes and others are a bit interested but they do not have a clear idea of how to use the web 2.0 tools and are "tied" to ready made material.

Web 2.0 tools enable connectivity and make it easier for students to connect with and learn from one another. With the help of such supporting resources together with appropriate activities,it will empower learners and allow them to exercise their creativity, enabling collaboration.
I strongly believe that integrating Web 2.0 tools into EFL teaching and learning is worthy of considerartion since it helps students become autonomous, more self-motivated and responsible and this, ultimately, leads to more effective learning.

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