eltjam micro-interview

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Laura Austin works for YUDU Media, finding technological solutions for ELT publishers (previously ELT editor, consultant and teacher).

1. What do you do?

Work with ELT publishers on ensuring textbook content can be read on all devices (tablet, mobile, desktop), using the YUDU cloud-based platform.

2. Why do you do it?

Governments (e.g. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Finland) are increasingly rolling out technological initiatives for the classroom – a great opportunity.

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

So many textbooks are focussing around real world TV and video content – more interesting for learners and teachers!

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

Each learner has different needs, which can be met more easily using tech – however, they need to learn to navigate to quality resources.

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

It can often involve a step back before moving forward. Having to prepare more and re-think learning outcomes. Gives more choices too.

6. What does EdTech mean for publishers?

Making publishers more reactive to market pressures than ever before. Technology changes rapidly and new skill sets are needed.

7. Gamification: a fad or the future?

The future; but only if content providers don’t patronise learners and present games as games, and study as study. Still need to draw a line.

8. How will mobile learning transform ELT?

It encourages students to study, as activities are always at hand. Exercises presented in varied ways – can only be a good thing.

9. What next for online learning?

Think ‘mobile’. Giving students access to resources at anytime, anywhere and with no access issue (so online and offline).

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

Teachers will be more focussed on tech. Learners will be more autonomous. Everyone still needs to learn grammar and vocab tho!

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