ICTs advantages and disadvantages in ELT


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ICTs advantages and disadvantages in ELT

  1. 1. Advantages and Disadvantages of Information and Communication Technologies in English Language Teaching By Sofía Gómez
  2. 3. The impact of the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on the way English is taught has brought not only advantages to it, but also, some disadvantages concerning to:
  3. 4. 1. Availability of technologies to be used 2. Reliability of materials 3. Employment
  4. 5. 1. Availability of technologies to be used
  5. 6. <ul><li>Teachers and students </li></ul><ul><li>of English can have </li></ul><ul><li>access to the most up to </li></ul><ul><li>date sources and </li></ul><ul><li>information rapidly </li></ul><ul><li>and cheaply (Holy Family). </li></ul>ADVANTAGES
  6. 7. <ul><li>Information can be </li></ul><ul><li>found either on the internet or </li></ul><ul><li>by using specialized software. </li></ul><ul><li>Many focused exercises </li></ul><ul><li>can be found on the net </li></ul><ul><li>completely for free and </li></ul><ul><li>software can be bought </li></ul><ul><li>via internet or in any store. </li></ul>
  7. 8. DISADVANTAGES <ul><li>The mandatory implementation </li></ul><ul><li>of at least a computer would </li></ul><ul><li>be an impediment rather than </li></ul><ul><li>a tool. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Lesson planning using </li></ul><ul><li>ICP is more time </li></ul><ul><li>consuming than following </li></ul><ul><li>an already planned </li></ul><ul><li>class (Holy Family). </li></ul>
  9. 10. 2. Reliability of materials
  10. 11. ADVANTAGES <ul><li>Given that there are many </li></ul><ul><li>sources from which a class can </li></ul><ul><li>be taught, the teacher can select </li></ul><ul><li>the ones that fit better to the </li></ul><ul><li>students’ needs according to their </li></ul><ul><li>age, level, and abilities. </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Many ELT resources on the </li></ul><ul><li>Internet can be found. </li></ul><ul><li>Such us discussion groups, </li></ul><ul><li>interactive book reading, </li></ul><ul><li>sound recording, games, </li></ul><ul><li>talking books, </li></ul><ul><li>chat lines among others. </li></ul>
  12. 13. DISADVANTAGES <ul><li>Not everything that is on </li></ul><ul><li>the Internet can be seen </li></ul><ul><li>as useful or reliable given </li></ul><ul><li>that everybody can </li></ul><ul><li>upload whatever in it. </li></ul>
  13. 14. 3. Employment
  14. 15. ADVANTAGES <ul><li>The use of ICT in English language </li></ul><ul><li>teaching provides society </li></ul><ul><li>with more jobs in areas such us: </li></ul>Computer programming Systems analyzing Hardware and software developing Web designing
  15. 16. <ul><li>Teachers with no training on </li></ul><ul><li>this technology have no access </li></ul><ul><li>to ELT using Information and </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Technologies, </li></ul><ul><li>given that they don’t know how </li></ul><ul><li>to teach classes. </li></ul>DISADVANTAGES
  16. 17. <ul><li>Not every teacher is capable </li></ul><ul><li>to update his/her knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>on ICT when teaching </li></ul><ul><li>English. That is because: </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>It is not possible for some </li></ul><ul><li>teachers to update their </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge on technologies </li></ul><ul><li>that they are not capable to use. </li></ul><ul><li>The updating of </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge becomes nearly </li></ul><ul><li>impossible in cases in </li></ul><ul><li>which there is no sponsor </li></ul><ul><li>or money to pay for </li></ul><ul><li>training courses on ICT. </li></ul>
  18. 19. Works Cited Page Holy Family N.S. ICT Draft Policy. Holy Family N.S., Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. 03 June 2008 <http://homepage.eircom.net/ ~holyfam/School-ICT.htm>. “ ICT and Teacher Training.” Teachernet.gov.uk. 7 April 2004. Department for Children, Schools and Families. 03 June 2008 <http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/management/ atoz/i/ictandteachertraining/>.
  19. 20. “ Information and Communication Technologies.” Education.tas.gov.au. 11 Sep. 2007. Department of Education, Tasmania, School Education Division. 03 June 2008 <http://wwwfp.education.tas.gov.au/englis h/technology.htm>. “ Some advantages and disadvantages of information technology.” Smallbusinessbible.org. Small Business Bible. 03 June 2008 <http://www.smallbusinessbible.org/advan _disadvan_informationtechnology.html>.