Friday, May 27, 2016

The Internet and the New Teacher in Class - Report on Iliyana Georgieva's Session

Within the scope of the 23rd TESOL Macedonia-Thrace, Northern Greece Annual International Convention with the theme "Beyond Teaching - Inspiring Others", Ms Iliyana Georgieva delivered a talk with the title "The Internet and the New Teacher in Class". During this session, Ms Georgieva talked about the importance of keeping up-to-date and applying new methods in our teaching. 

                                                                                                                                                                                  photo by Margarita Kosior

The presenter used a few examples to prove her point. Among others, she talked about the use of TED Talks for listening practice. TED talks can be great for listening practice, but also a tool in a broader sense. They can help us prepare our student for life. It is not only that the topics are fascinating, but they also serve as a good springboard for interesting discussions and debates in the classroom. Ms Georgieva emphasized how important it is to help our students learn to build a convincing argument and think critically.

TED Talks is only one example of the ways in which the Internet can be used in the classroom, but overall, the impact of the Internet on our students is unquestionable. We have to be cautious, though, since, as the speaker reminded us, there are both benefits and threats to using the Internet. Part of our job is to protect our students from these threats and make them aware of those.

Report by Margarita Kosior

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