As a new blogger for TESOL, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to this wonderful community. My name is Tara Arntsen. I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in TESOL online with the University of Southern California while teaching English as a foreign language to freshman at Guangdong Peizheng College in Guangzhou, China. I am from the United States but have spent more than 15 years living abroad including time teaching in Japan, Cambodia, and now China. Additionally, I have taught English online both as a freelancer and for various language companies.
With the importance of technology in our daily lives growing each year, I have become quite interested in technology and its role in education. I believe that teachers around the world, regardless of content area, should devote some time to this topic and develop their own skills as well as the skills of their students.
While technology plays a less important role in some parts of the world, students with new media literacy skills will be more prepared than others to participate in their local, national, and global communities. As teachers, we are responsible for helping our students achieve their greatest potential and, in today’s modern world, mastering technological skills will help them do that. Through my blog posts, I will introduce educational websites and resources and suggest some ways to use them in the classroom, share some of my personal experiences, and describe some traditional classroom activities, too. I am excited about sharing this material and hope to encourage more teachers to use technology in their ESL/EFL classrooms.
It is a pleasure for me to participate in such a great educational community. I look forward to reading your comments on this topic. Thank you and happy holidays!