In the world of teaching English, professors have many options for the students to have a good performance in learning English as a second language. The different tools used in every classroom are essential in terms of motivation for students as well as their behavior through the learning process. Besides, these tools help a lot to the developing of learning process on students in the acquisition of a second language. “Attracting the attention of the students is one of the most important tasks…” (Garcia, 1996) according to this author it is crucial to catch the attention of the class in order to avoid undisciplined students and to avoid a mess in the whole classroom.
In addition, there are a lot of didactic resources for education, some are technological and others are pre technological. The pre technological resources are the ones that can be used in class using the fine motor skill, some devices of this type of resource are scissors, color pencils, glue, markers, eraser, papers, charts, and so on. On the other hand, the technological resources are the ones that need technology as a mandatory aspect. For instance, the ones that computers are needed, like Power Point Presentations, television, movies, and many educational programs that are online such as wikis, Prezis, podcasts, and Web quests.
Following with this further, for students electronic devices are very interesting and motivated since they are in a world that the advances of technology are increasing day by day, so, they need to be updated with this environment. Moreover, it is important for professors to be updated too in order to have a diverse class with many different kinds of materials and tools for them to learn easily a second language. Many mediators opt to teach just with technological resources and they forget about the pre technological tools or the other way around. However, it is essential to use in a classroom both resources because student can get bored with just one type of resource. “Flash cards can be extremely helpful if correctly used; word cards containing one single word can be ordered to build sentences and make transformations from affirmative to negative and interrogative.”(Garcia, 1996) As the author said those types of pre technological resources like flash cards can be very useful in classroom depending on the use that the professor applies to them. For students it can be very meaningful or it can be boring if the mediator just applies one technique.
Additionally, it is very indispensable that the mediator knows the students ‘skills, their multiples intelligences, as well as their needs as learners in order to provide them the necessary assistance and resources to fulfill their learning process of a second language. For instance, “songs are one of the most successful resources, but must be selected carefully, according to the pupil´s interest, needing, level of difficulty and motivation.”(Garcia, 1996) In fact, as Garcia says before choosing certain didactic resource, the professor must verify first the students ‘needs talking about their level of knowledge, and depending on the environment and context on which they are placed. Besides, it is relevant that the professor gives instructions to the students before using certain technological resource and make sure the students understand the whole explanation. Indeed, by using technological tools the students can research about certain educational topic on internet, and this tool also enhance the learners to acquire knowledge on other areas that they are interested in but by having the supervision of the teacher.
García, Óscar. (1996). Didactic Resources for Teaching English. Retrieved October 4th, 2010, fromhttp://osqvar.iespana.es/ego/documents/philologie/Didactic.Resources.for.Teaching.English.pdf