Hi, everyone. This is a blog set up to record my learning in the course of New Literacy and Language Learning, as well as to exchange ideas with the professor and my fellow classmates. I’m excited to get it started!
Even though technology is everywhere in everyone’s life, it was a bit strange for me to associate it with language learning at the very beginning of the course, because what I usually thought of language learning was with a book and/or dictionary. But I started to think about my own English learning experience and realized that technology has been playing an important part in it.
Before I became a English major student in college, in another words, during my primary and secondary school years, my English learning activities were limited within the classroom and rather passive, just with the purpose to pass exams. In class, the teacher started to employ the computer and multimedia in teaching, usually to replce board work and play recordings of texts. After class, I needed to tackle tons of homework and exercise s which preparing myself for the exams, and when I finally got the time to sit in front of a computer, studying would be the last thing I wanted to do.
Years of endless exams and homework finally ended after I enter university. Hooray! The teachers were less focus on exam-passing techniques and grammar drills but acted as a guide and facilitator in our language learning. Most of the teachers – especially younger ones – used computers skillfully in class, showing pictures and video clips while demonstrating abstract ideas and concepts. They also introduced us useful English learning materials, among which were online resources. But the main focus was still on the textbook, and how to communicate through e-mails and on online forums, as well as those trendy abbreviations and words/phrases English speakers use, which now I know is related to electronic literacy, was never mentioned or taught in class during my undergraduate years.
As the pressure of passing exams alleviated, I had more time to myself and with my laptop, browsing webpages, reading posts on social networks and watching American TVs. In these ways, I unconsciously gained some knowledge about electronic literacy. However, after the first week of the course, I started to look at the term ‘new literacy’ seriously, and realized there is much to learn about the topic and how to apply new literacy into English language learning and teaching.
Blogging is one of the ways to stay connected with people who have the similar interests. Reading and commenting on others’ blog can generate new ideas and new perspectives of things. Over the course of this semester, I will blog about my ideas on topics discussed in class, and share my reflections after reading journal articles on new literacy and language learning. New literacy is a rather new concept to me , and it seems to have great potential in language learning and teaching now and in the near future. I hope that I will learn how to synthesize it into my English learning and teaching and make the most out of it!