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Fiona MauchlineYour 140 character bio

Older than I wanna be, >25 yrs in EFL, live & teach in Cáceres, train & write anywhere. Love writing stories. Also blog & co-curate eltpics

1. What do you do?

Write materials, teacher-train, give sessions, teach great learners, write & manage blogs, co-manage eltpics. Don’t sleep much.

2. Why do you do it?

Because I love it. All. Live life with passion. Thinking, learning, sharing. Creativity imagination. Making mistakes. The lot.

3. What’s the most interesting thing happening in ELT right now?

Debate and collaboration. And a process of e-democracy leading to different names & faces (& more women) amongst conference speakers.

4. What do you think the developments in EdTech mean for learners of English?

Learning can happen thru various media, which reflects ‘real-life learning’. Learners can control content more 2 & express selves in own way

5. What do you think the developments in EdTech mean for teachers?

Ha! More work! Also more creativity, more tools – but have to be careful to avoid dependence, keep eyes, ears & minds open.

6. What does EdTech mean for publishers?

Dangerous area. But they do need 2 provide digital prod.s, hopefully alongside (rather than instead of) print products. Times change v fast.

7. Gamification: a fad or the future?

A future fad 😉 Just another way of doing things. There is no ONE WAY. It may appeal to some but won’t to all.

8. How will mobile learning transform ELT?

More chalkboard learners can go digital, more materials can be devised but it ain’t ‘what (tool)’ but ‘how’ and ‘who’ that matter.

9. What next for online learning?

Illich’s idea of a learning environment, with ‘own device’ thrown in. Worldwide classrooms via Smartphone, a sort of Facebook with video.

 10. How will ELT be different 5 years from now?

Plus ça change, plus c’est etc. Maybe more crowd-sourced resources eg eltpics & PD options, fewer Big Players. Publishers’ll follow not lead.

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