Should technology become a major player in the ESL classroom? Discuss the issue with your colleagues and decide.
Familiarity with various technological tools
Natalie has been an ESL teacher for 35 years. She has been teaching for a long time and is considered a professional in her field. She has trained many novice teachers who had come to work in her team, and then left. She runs the ESL team like her own kingdom.
Natalie is rather set in her way. She is doing what she has always done. She doesn't see a good reason to make any changes. She is not computer literate and has a fear of computers and technology, but she won't admit it.
Mary-Lou is a new teacher. This is her third year as an ESL teacher and her second year in this school. She is very excited about being a teacher and she is always looking for new ways to teach, to maybe make her life a little easier in class. She has class management issues but is open to trying ANYTHING to make her lessons more efficient. She would love to add technology as she knows that there are so many options and perhaps that's what the kids of this generation need.
Jennifer is a former photographer in the media. She decided she wanted a change in life and to do something where she can 'give back' to society. She is enthusiastic about everything teaching oriented. She has been at this school for 5 years and has taken on herself to teach all the 'more challenging' classes. She uses a lot of photography in her lessons and the kids love her.
Jimmy have just finished studying for his teaching certificate and is in his first year of teaching. He was a computer programmer in the past. He created an app that sold for millions and has no need to work for a living any longer. He feels ready to give of his time and energy. That's what led him to become an English teacher. He wants to help others succeed. He had an amazing teacher in high school that encouraged him, which helped him become who he is today. He wants to be that teacher for someone else.
Frank is an art teacher at heart. However, due to cutbacks, his hours were cut and he needed to find a way to continue doing what he loves, teaching. He went back to school to get a teaching certificate for ESL. The school was happy to offer him two classes to teach ESL along with his art hours, so he can work full time.