Innovations in English Language Teaching
The word “innovation” is used to describe a product or development that is “new” or “enhanced” in some way. True innovation does exist and can be recognized, but it is a complex and relatively rare phenomenon that is context-specific. What may be innovative in a rural primary school in a developing country may not be so in a university class.
An innovation can be defined as:
- an improvement, a change
- something new
- something that did not exist before
- something that is new in a specific context
- all of the above combined
- any of the above, but only when successfully implemented
6 Innovations in English Language Teaching
#1 Digital platforms
When we discuss Innovations in English Language Teaching, These digital platforms come to our minds:
Digital Platforms help teachers and students to create a space in which teachers and learners can connect, ask questions to enhance learning, host your classes on the cloud and create different types of assessments.
#2. Online corpora
A corpus is a collections of texts. Corpora, plural term of a ‘corpus’ refers to electronic authentic language databases that can be available via internet or as software installed in desktops.
Now Corpora has been made available for studying linguistic structures, frequencies, etc.
Some of the tools that are available thanks to the analysis of texts are:
#3 Online Continuous Professional Development
The Internet has made possible that teachers connect with other teachers to seek knowledge that will make a difference in their lives and in the lives of those they teach.
Professional Development Courses are available online, some of them charge a fee to enroll and some of them are offered for free.
If you are interested in taking online course, have a look at the classes offered by Future Learn
#4 Mobile Learning
The development of mobile technology and the proliferation of smartphones has enabled many of us to access the internet and a huge variety of apps on the go.
Have you ever considered using cellphone in the classroom? Consider some of these ideas:
- How to Use Mobile Phones to Teach English .
- 15 Awesome Youtube Channels for Teaching and Learning English
- 7 Best Pronunciation Apps
- 10 Great Apps that Every English Language Learner Should Have
#5. Communicating with People Online
There are numerous ways to communicate online with people outside the classroom, these are some of the most used tools to communicate
- Skype is for doing things together, whenever you’re apart. Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are.
- Zoom offers you HD video, HD Voice with dynamic voice detection, full screen and gallery view, dual stream for dual screen and feature-rich mobile apps for iOS and Android
#6 Online Authentic Materials
There is a variety of digital resources for authentic materials, these are some of the digital resources that you should check out: