Embracing digital technology in English language teaching and learning: Let’s make it a reality

Ooi Choon Meng


In the year 2000s, the digital revolution has spread throughout the world, whereby mobile phones have become very common, and there was an increase in the number of Internet users. With the digital revolution, technology-based activities are immersed in our daily lives. Educational digital technology is not spared too. 21st century sees a paradigm shift and advancement in educational digital technology. In order to adapt to the fast changing environment, teaching and learning have to change too. Teachers are no more authoritative knowledge providers but facilitators and mentors preparing their students for the technological real world. Taking the first step to learn and be adept at using digital technology should be their priority. Integrating digital technology effectively in the classroom will create a positive and vibrant learning environment. At the same time, students need to be empowered to use digital equipment wisely to seek for knowledge, check for its authenticity, and share with their peers. These are to prepare them to face their working lives, which require them to be able to use varieties of digital tools and equipment. Thus, teachers as well as students need to be aware of their respective roles in making digital education a success.


digital technology; technology; 21st century; teaching-learning

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