Difficulties Facing EFL/ESL Instructors in the Home
webpage shows some parts of the chatlog of a synchronous text-conversation,
between an EFL instructor in an elementary public school in Kuwait,
and me, Buthaina. The purpose of providing this text-log is to support
my story on cultural difficulties facing EFL teachers when working using
technology in their homes.
Please note that some names of persons and places are replaced by the (Xs) for security reasons to avoid any kind of trouble for that teacher. This chat took place online using a free of charge IM, in Spring 2003.
eflteacher: It's really nice what you do with your classes
buthaina_3: Chat is very important
buthaina_3: students and parents should know that chatting can be used for educational purposes
buthaina_3: Another writing project my 090 students did
eflteacher: I started to build the site as a small step in this direction
buthaina_3: this I need to publish more of their work but cannot find enough time to do everything I want
buthaina_3: focus on CMC tools they are great
eflteacher: yes they are
buthaina_3: for your pronunciation lessons you can try a voice chat with them
buthaina_3: would you like to try it here..now?
eflteacher: love to...but I don't have a microphone
buthaina_3: oh, better get one soon… as we are using video now..
buthaina_3: the final goal is to achieve the following
eflteacher: he hear a lot of bad things about it
eflteacher: he needs some lessons from you maybe :)
buthaina_3: if you show him what teachers do in a chat session , I'm sure he will change his mind
buthaina_3: no, he needs to check out work by teachers from all over the world.
buthaina_3: this for example: http://alothman-b.tripod.com/sus_chat_090.htm
eflteacher: he'll shake his head and go :) but I'm trying to make
eflteacher: him involved with me in it
eflteacher: I show/tell him about WIA
eflteacher: I read about them and how to join
eflteacher: it is really interesting
eflteacher: Thank you :) this the page I visited
eflteacher: I'd love to
eflteacher: do you really think I'll manage it there ?:)
eflteacher: I'd love to participate
buthaina_3: and he can tell her what he needs to improve
eflteacher: aha cool
eflteacher: I'll even ask him to read this log :)
buthaina_3: chatting using voice as well
eflteacher: wow very nice
buthaina_3: yes, and Dafne and other teachers developed an online course with video too.
eflteacher: I might join them
buthaina_3: tell him, I'm sure he will change his mind and start considering chats
buthaina_3: and you can join Webheads
eflteacher: I feel I need it too
buthaina_3: and then participate as a teacher in a porject
buthaina_3: with your students
eflteacher: do you think my English is OK?
buthaina_3: what do you mean? of course ..it is perfect to me.
buthaina_3: you are qualified, aren't you?
eflteacher: yes I am
eflteacher: but i feel I'm loosing the language because I'm practicing it less
buthaina_3: let me tell you, if you understand the concept behind e-learning and e-teaching then things would be very clear to you.