Communication Commons: New Media in the FLT classroom

Fusun Akarsu, Ph.D., Visiting Professor in Education and Intercultural Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies


The presentation will explore novel ways of integrating new media tools and ideas to enrich foreign language learning in and outside the classroom settings. It is proposed that networking in real life situations will add variety to the already existing communicative approaches and techniques. The classroom as we know is expanding into a virtual world. As the role of teachers as facilitators increase, their responsibility in guiding the students in such real life learning situations also increase. In a similar way FLT curriculum, learning materials and assessment instruments will become more dynamic, flexible and closer to immediate reality the learners are engaged in.