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Once upon a time there was a teacher of English called Miss
Fit, who resisted the use of Internet with her students.
Why...? She said...
• A: it was time-consuming and nobody paid her more to learn
• B: her students showed no interest
On being given their homework back, most of Miss Fit´s
A- took a look at the mark they got and put it away
B- decided to analyze mistakes and understand corrections
One day Miss Fit had to ask for a leave of absence. She would
be away for a month, and a young teacher, new in the staff,
would take over.
Miss Fit feared ....
A: her students would not do well enough
B: the young new teacher would not manage to deal with the group
At first she had to face utter refusal from some of the students.
But she spotted a couple of boys keen on using the web and
talked with them: they would help her show their mates how
interesting classes might become and how much more they
would learn if they contacted students from other countries, with
whom they'd share photos, opinions and information about their
similarities and differences.
She got in contact with a colleague from Portugal, who was also
willing to share a project with EFL students...
The students from both countries shared the classblog and
started sharing more and more --about their lifestyles, their
countries, their schools and hobbies...
When the sub teacher left and their class teacher came back all
A: wanted to go on working in their classblog
B: were happy to go back to the old system, learning how to pass ex
Miss Fit spent long hours preparing her classes at home, and
correcting her students' homework. Sometimes she chose missing
meetings with friends to return her students' homework in due time
--that is, as soon as she could. She would not spend more hours in
front of an alienating machine..., least of all, for the same salary...
How could they, if they had never been shown the difference?
They didn't care about mistakes and learning. Just wanted the
necessary mark to get a "pass".
Just one student did so :-(
They did not care about making mistakes. They were only
concerned about getting a pass...
But students were elated at realizing they were using the
language to communicate with likeminded peers across the
ocean ...in English!!!
And they stopped feeling they had to write their homework to
please their teacher...
The young teacher feared she might not be able to cope with 30
boisterous young teenagers, used to complying with Miss Fit´s
rules of the game... But anyhow made up her mind to try out
introducing the Internet into her classes.
YES! They argued that they'd realized how important English
was to communicate with peers all around the world, and how
happy they were to see their postings were read by people who
were really interested in their messages...
They argued that they'd realized how important English was to
communicate with peers all around the world, and how happy
they were to see their postings were read by people who were
really interested in their messages...