Technology and change in English language teaching (ELT)

Jarvis, H 2005, 'Technology and change in English language teaching (ELT)' , The Asian EFL Journal, 7 (4) , pp. 213-227.

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This paper examines the ways in which computers are impacting upon change in ELT and argues that Asian countries are, in a sense, at the heart of this. The paper reviews and further develops a shorter forthcoming colloquium article in The British Journal of Education Technology and begins by linking the growth of English to the growth and widespread availability of computers. It briefly examines the ways in which computers have historically contributed to ELT with both pedagogical applications and by helping us understand the nature of the language; however, it is suggested that the Internet, and the resulting computer mediated communication (CMC), has now gone way beyond this to change the language itself. The implications of such change are then discussed from two perspectives. Firstly, for ELT's long established notions of English as a foreign or second language (EFL/ESL); here it is suggested that we need to shift towards a more appropriate view of English as an international or global language (EIL/EGL). Secondly, the paper considers the implications for language teaching pedagogy and argues for a shift away from traditional notions of curriculum and syllabus towards task-based approaches.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article 13
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PB Modern languages. Celtic languages > PB0001 Modern languages
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: The Asian EFL Journal
Publisher: Asian EFL Journal Press
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1738-1460
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2009 12:01
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:05

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