Sunday, 29 July 2012
Response: Reading in the L2 classroom
I thought the article was very practical. I appreciated the reminder from the article that students need to be reading different kinds of texts and that aren't always storing information in paragraphs. I also liked the reading exercises that we could make quickly to help students with their reading skills. My question is then how we would integrate technology into this area. Technology does enable us to share text from the Internet with our students (e.g. blogs, websites). However, if I did assign reading a webpage for homework, it is highly possible for students to Google Translate it. During my practicum I did come across this problem and a teacher's solution for this was to do everything in class the old school way with dictionaries and paper. Of course, there is nothing wrong with the pen and paper approach and we do not need to forcibly include technology in areas such as these. However, it is true that student productions created with the aid of technology are easier to mark and students learn a great deal from online dictionaries as well. I'm hoping that there is an online tool that could help with that.