The advancement of technology has made it easy for teachers to diversify their teaching methods. Now even mobile phones can be used to facilitate and enhance the learning process in a number of ways. In this article I will be specifically looking at ways in which we can use mobile phones to teach English.I hope you will enjoy reading these ideas.I hope once aday to see my ideas applied in many schools around the world .They are as following.
- Forming a network of students’
Mobile numbers to send text messages on various topics. This is the frist step, teachers should establish. Students should be informed that they would be receiving text messages from their teacher from time-to-time as part of the learning process and they must take these messages seriously.
- Organizing a monthly quiz competition:
If students are informed that they will be given a quiz competition at a specific period of time, this may motivate them to take these text messages into good consideration.
- Grammatical Tips:
Sometimes, EFL learners find it difficult to understand certain grammatical rules. Teachers can identify these problematic areas and send them as a series of text messages to their students. The very facts that these rules are coming in bits and pieces will make it easier for the students to focus and understand them easily.
Mobile phones can be used by teachers to remind students for a number of things; such as: date of submitting assignment, examination, important School events, information relating to teachers’ and students welfare, and recommendation of text books, blogs and websites.
Finally, teachers can also use multimedia to send various types of illustrations, flashes and pictures to
students’ mobile to help enhance to their learning.
There are various medium and tools of communication and if we are to accomplish our goal, we should adopt
the most suitable means and utilize it appropriately. We are not talking about the tools and medium per se, what we shall be stressing on is how these tools can be used efficiently and maximum benefit derived from them. If I would like to make a presentation to high school students; should I employ any type of tool irrespective of their age and interests as well as their level of understanding? So, for my presentation to obtain the desired goal, I might be looking at some of the following factors:
Age and educational level of the audience
Making a presentation by using medium and tools which are not compatible with the age and educational level of the audience is as worthless as pouring water on duck’s back . Is n’t that a wasted effort? It is definitely. As as worthless as water off a duck’s back. we wouldn’t want to run into this mess; so we should choose materials that are suitable and appropriate for our audience.
Using different backgrounds to attract their attention
If your audience are teenagers, I might perhaps use backgrounds which attract their interest to capture their attention. This necessary to get them focused on what you are about to present.
Using Multimedia to their interest
While using text, graphics and sound, choose what is of interest to your audience. What is of significance to
adults might not seem so for teenagers. As I mostly deal with teenagers, I usually use texts, graphics and sound that are compatible with their interest. To help them memorize the human body parts I would use the photo of a popular footballer indicating the names of the different body parts. In so doing, I may diversify the slide shows by using various types of multimedia. In this way, you can get them interested and focused throughout the presentation while getting maximum benefit. If there is any contribution in relation to this please feel
free to include it in the comment section.