"Theoretical and Practical Applications of Emergent Technology in ELT Classrooms; How the ‘Blog' Can Change English Language Teaching"

Abstract The classic picture of the ELT (English Language Teaching) classroom is one in which there are rows of desks, a blackboard, students, a teacher, paper and pencils.  Even with the advent of instantaneous information via the World Wide Web, the ELT classroom remains relatively unchanged.  However, the winds of change are upon the ELT profession.  Many educators are now taking advantage of the vastness of the Internet.  Moreover, most teachers are using the Internet for planning, research and the exchange of ideas.  There is so much more to be found and used.  If harnessed correctly and constructively, the Internet can be a priceless tool for the ELT classroom.   This paper will discuss current practices for reading and writing in the ELT setting, and more specifically, the use of ‘web logs’ or ‘blogs’ in the ELT classroom.   First, a discussion covering common methods used in most ELT classes and move Read More …

Convergence of Media

Introduction to convergence: The Gutenberg era is over. A new digital communications technology has emerged. Convergence is presented as a technological force majeure. In the 21st century it seems nearly impossible to follow developments in technology, business or journalism without encountering the word convergence. An electronic superhighway is beginning to girdle the globe as voice; video and data converge, bringing in their wake a new basket of digital, multimedia and interactive communication technologies. The term convergence has often been used over the last decade to describe the processes through which technologies, such as computers, telephony, and broadcasting have come together to spark the so-called ‘communication revolution’. It brings things together in a common format or in the same space. In common parlance, it means the coalescence and melting of traditionally separated communications. It denotes a general phenomenon- the ongoing effects of digital technology in media and communications. The features of Read More …

Speak to Peak: Empowering Youth for Success

Speak to Peak: Empowering Youth for Success Your ability to convey your ideas to others will be an enormous determinant to your success”. When Warren Buffet spoke that line, he was addressing a group of university youths and emphasising to them the importance of educating themselves in the area of written and verbal communication. I recently had the privilege of mentoring three youths from Sunway Monash at the Campus Business Plan Competition organised by the Technopreneurship Association of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.  They had fresh ideas, abundance of enthusiasm and highly contagious excitement. However, so did their competitors. When the moment of judgement arrived, what really mattered and what it all boiled down to was how well each team expressed their ideas through their presentations. The trio from Sunway Monash, with their polished presentations, went on to clinch the top spot. After having trained over ten thousand youths over the Read More …

Steps To Earning National Board Certification

National board certification is an advanced teacher certification and is granted only when applicants have met rigorous standards and convinced an assessment board that they possess exemplary teaching skills and a high level of proficiency in their subject area. Teachers wishing to achieve national board certification must have their teaching methods evaluated to show that they have a strong knowledge in the subjects they teach, that they have a high level of competency in teaching these subjects to students, that they are committed to excellence, and that they are involved in improving the educational system. Before beginning the process, it is important to study the standards and become aware of the steps involved in acquiring this level of certification. 1. Before pursuing National board certification, you must make sure that you meet all the necessary qualifications. Teachers wishing to apply must have a bachelor’s degree, a teaching/counseling license, and three Read More …