Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Proceedings of  2nd  MEC TESOL Conference   2020                   Pp.96-110
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/MEC2.7

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Unlocking Technology for Language Learning:  A Viability at the Time of Transition from
Traditional to Online Teaching and Learning

Reema Srivastava
Centre for Foundation Studies
Middle East College
Knowledge Oasis Oman, Al Rusayl, Muscat, Oman
Email: Reema@mec.edu.om

 

 

Abstract:
Online teaching and learning activities are no longer ‘a nice-to-have extracurricular facility’ but an answer to what, how, when people learn, and where they learn it from. Digitization of education helps us to find answers to how technology can enable teachers and students to access specialized materials outside the classroom, in various formats and ways that help to utilize both time and space. Educators all over the world are trying to overcome the limitations of being physically separated by moving onto online learning platforms. This paper attempts to find out the feasibility of using technology for teaching language to learners of English as a second language in the present-day context. The findings of this research are based on responses to a questionnaire answered by both the Language teachers and the Undergraduate students of Middle East College, Muscat and through literature review.  Gen Z, the ‘digital natives’ do not want teachers to be replaced entirely by computers as they need motivation, inspiration, and emotional support. Virtual education is feasible, but its success depends upon the effective content generation, designing and planning for its delivery, and the effective use of teaching/learning tools that can supplement the efforts of the teachers. For online teaching and learning not only do the colleges and educational institutions need to be well-equipped, the learners also need to adapt to the changing scenario.
Keywords: asynchronous learning, digitization, Omani context, online learning platforms, teaching and learning tools, virtual education

Cite as: Srivastava, R . (2020). Unlocking Technology for Language Learning:  A Viability at the Time of Transition from Traditional to Online Teaching and Learning. Arab World English Journal(AWEJ). Proceedings of 2nd MEC TESOLConference 2020. 96-110.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/MEC2.7

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Dr. Reema Srivastava is a Senior Lecturer in Centre for Foundation Studies, Middle East College,
Muscat. She is a Fellow of HEA and PhD in English Literature (Rohilkhand University, India).
She has 26 years of teaching experience at schools, engineering college in India and 8 years of
EFL teaching in Muscat. She is interested in adopting new teaching technologies and is a proponent
of Flipped Learning method of teaching /learning.