Chapter 14 Educational Technology and Resources for English Teaching in Schools
1. What kind of E-media do you frequently use? What do you take into consideration when you choose it: the effect or convenience? Please give your reasons.
Key: I often use the computer since it’s both effective and convenient. On the computer, I can display English songs or audio materials and pictures and even audiovisual films. It’s easy to operate and saves a lot of time. And students can learn better with the pictures and sounds presented.
2. Is the instructional media that you use most the most effective one? Please share your experience with your partner.
Key: Perhaps not. The teaching aids should be chosen according to the actual needs of students and teaching and there is no need to turn to multi-media if there is no necessity, say, the teacher is to explain a grammar point. Never should too many sounds or pictures be piled together on the screen. They should be organized in order and to the point.
1. Is the saying “the more resources, the better” correct? Why?
Key: The saying is not correct. The reasons include 1) more resources cause too much burden, which may be too much for students to assimilate at a time; 2) some of the resources may have nothing to do with teaching content and should be eliminated; 3) even if they are all useful for the teaching, they should be filtered since there is a limit of time of each lesson. As long as resources are ordered to the point and can successfully achieve the goal of teaching, they are good enough.
2. How can we develop supplementary resources?
Key: In order to develop appropriate supplementary resources, we should first analyse the learning contents and find what the gap is between these and the students’ learning objectives. We can then develop learning resources in keeping with the language difficulty of the learning contents as well as the learning objectives for students’ study of the text, thus accelerating the realization of the learning objectives.