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HAPPY HOLIDAAAAAYYYY!!!!

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Best wishes for you and family!

Here’s one of my favourite Christmas songs.

p/s: Peace no war 😀

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Fun Teaching and Learning..YOUTUBE!

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It is undeniable that YouTube is useful in the process of T&L. Different students have different learning styles. Many researches have shown that this video sharing site enhances students’ understanding during T&L process.

NOT TO MENTION THE FUN YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE WITH THE STUDENTS!

Tell me you did not enjoy that!!!

I KNOW YOU DID!

😀 I know you do If you like to sing anywhere, anytime like me 😀

If you enjoy it, can you imagine how your students would react?

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My Dream

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Interactive board. OMG!

One thing that I would like to use in my teaching.

I got a chance to try it when I was working at my former workplace.

Then, the boss said it was too expensive. BUMMER!!!!!

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 Now, my new workplace is discussing to buy some for the classes.

Please put your hands together and let us pray that they’ll buy them.

That will soooooooo make my year!!!  😀

I love God and I love you!

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ICT in Education. Should we or should we not?

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Many arguments have been advanced on the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) on the teaching and learning of language. Whilst some regarded that ICT would make students smarter and enhance the T&L of language and others postulated that there is uncertainty about its possibilities because many teachers are still not yet familiar with the technology and how to apply it in T&L process (Viatonu et al. 2012). In a research done by Lau et al. (2008), the results show that although teachers think ICT is important in T&L, they themselves do not have enough knowledge on how to apply the technology in their teachings. Garret (1991) states that despite the lack of knowledge of how to apply ICT in T&L, it also shows that teachers use computers only as the medium to implement various methods and approaches.

ICT provides an unlimited amount of resources and information. However, it also contains an equal amount of junk and unnecessary content. This is hard to control and the teachers are not totally immune from the same problem (Viatonu et al. 2012). The difference between cultures also may produce negative effects if not being regularly regulated. Thus, Aceng Rahmat (2011) concluded that the usage of ICT should be the second resource after face to face (the traditional method) T&L. He argued that this is to help students to develop contextual appropriateness in language acquisition and use.

Positive opinions on ICT implementation in T&L of language learning are also being acknowledged. Some of the obvious benefits of it are easy access, dematerialisation (less paper), enabling educators and learners to use modern methodologies and individualisation (different interests/ levels/ needs) (Mullamaa, 2010). Mullamaa (2010) also states the contact beyond the institution which involving “real English” and also “broadening the horizons”;

She states that students have;

  • an overview of topical issues, their context and background
  • easy access for quickly (!) finding inspiration for (continuing) the conversation
  • developing the skills for finding the right information, analyse, present and discuss it
  • developing the skills for using the e-environment and new technologies
  • developing responsibility for the learning process
  • forming one´s own opinion
  • learning to (dare to) express it

Well, do I have to give more evidence? Wait! Since you are on the Internet now, why don’t you indulge yourself with more evidence by Googling it? I’m sure you’ll find more “I-should-be-integrating-ICT-in-teaching” than “I-should-not”. But whatever it is that you’ll find, you are the one who decides what’s best for your students. 🙂

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ICT in Education

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Information and communication technologies (ICT) have brought human race to another level of living. Life has been so much easier in so many unimaginable ways than a couple of decades ago. Now, we can just Skype someone far away without having had to pay thousands of Ringgit, we can do our works on mobile phones or tabs. ICT has also brought a massive impact in the world of education. It has not only changed the way of teaching, but also the way of learning. The usage of ICT in language learning has become a necessity such that it has become indispensible in teaching and learning environment nowadays.

Gone were the days when teacher was the centre of the classroom. The students had to obey the teacher’s commands and almost had no voice in the class. The new modern era has changed the way of teaching and learning in so many ways. Teachers are no longer the centre of classrooms for all the time. Mullamaa (2010) pointed out that teachers in the modern era are more likely advisors who are experts in the field who assist the students’ development. The students are being taught to be more autonomous in their learning process. This is important as active learning will assist students to learn and understand a language faster and more efficiently (Sabuncuoglu, 2013). ICT supports the modern principles of learning and language acquisition (Mullamaa, 2010). There are three frequently regarded dominant theories which are individualisation, interaction and student motivation and these three are inevitably a part of the process in ICT.