Although some English language teachers have turned to blogging, podcasting and vodcasting, many others are still lagging behind when it comes to integrating ICT into the English language classroom.
Integrating ICT into the curriculum means more than teaching basic computer skills and using software programs. To be effective, ICT integration must deepen and enhance the learning process. In a nutshell, it must support four key components of learning which are active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts.
Penning situational essays and dissecting comprehension passages do not seem to be authentic learning experiences, given how our children today are immersed in rich and complex digital worlds, characterized by image and multimodality. And indeed, MOE’s Infocomm masterplan should be extended to the teaching of the English language because literacy is now understood as being far more complex than coding and decoding written texts. Its definition has expanded from just reading and writing to include the ability to read and write multimodal texts and to understand what is entailed in their operation, reception and production. Thus, the techniques of acquiring, evaluating, and using multimodal information creatively should become an increasingly important component of the English language classroom and due to its interactive and dynamic nature, ICT is seen as the tool to produce multimodal literacy.
Effective use of ICT opens up a wider array of...