Technology is highly developed nowadays. Digital devices are everywhere, and they dramatically change our lifestyle, our daily habits and the way we behave. Consequently, it also changes the way we develop new skills: learning and teaching is different than before.
Experts have been studying how children learn, perceive and decode information today. The most recent research shows that they develop fresh paradigms, designed to reach the new generation of students. Such children, brought up using technology, are called “digital natives”. According to the Oxford dictionary the official definition is the following “A person born or brought up during the age of digital technology and so familiar with computers and Internet from an early age”. At the same time, teachers who teach such students are called “digital immigrants”. They are actually doing a hard work, because technology is totally new to them, and they’re still used to their old methods of teaching. But sooner or later teacher will have to take the challenge and move forward, otherwise teaching will lose its efficiency and appeal. Scientists have discovered that digital natives’ lifelong exposure to technology means that their brains develop differently. Educators are beginning to understand that you need a new style of education to meet the students’ needs and wishes, and to get closer to their way of learning. Wall Street English has foreseen the change in the world of education and. The company keeps up with times and offers students a unique possibility to combine digital learning and direct interaction with mother-tongue teachers.
It is impossible to underestimate how helpful computers are nowadays in learning. With just a mouse click a student can find any grammar rule that he needs, look up a word in an online dictionary or listen to the pronunciation of a certain sentence. There is a vast array of language teaching materials available on CD ROM or DVD, ranging from self-study materials to supplement published course-books, to ESP-based courses and culture-based materials. Many learners of English have access to e-mail and Internet at home as well as at school. Teachers also have a wide range of opportunities, lots of ideas taken from the web to set writing tasks, to communicate with learners by e-mail, to give them research tasks and set up project works based on Internet researches.
Steve Jobs said: “Think differently”. It’s actually the only way to move along with the times, to achieve tangible results in language learning. Let’s take up the challenge evolution is giving to us.