ESL Screen-face – the new TECH ISSUE

The FUTURE of Learning


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I had a laugh when I first heard the term ‘screen face’, but it really can be true, spending too long looking at a computer screen can make you totally expressionless. Something similar can happen too when learning either online or with a teacher who doesn’t want you to do anything but listen.

Unfortunately there are teachers out there who find a student speaking in class completely unruly and so need to be extinguished immediately. Sadly this is the end of learning a language for that class.

But what can also happen is that sometimes good teachers who like to integrate technology into their learning environment can forget that ‘screen face’ can be present when there is any kind of learning through technology too.

There are ways to overcome this however. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Make students work in partners when dealing with technology – that’s…

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