OP5 : What do you think are the potential benefits and limitations of online learning applications for English education in Korea?

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OP5 : What do you think are the potential benefits and limitations of online learning applications for English education in Korea?

Post  Ju-mi,Im on Sun Jun 08 2008, 20:44

As time goes by, Internet and computer technology advance. As a result, recently there are a lot of attempts to apply them to education. Thatís online learning. It becomes popular among many students. Of course, English which ranks the highest in education also has been being applied to online learning. There are both benefits and limitations so we need to think of them.

Because English is foreign language, in Korea itís difficult for students to be in contact with native speakers and its cultural and social things directly. However through online learning, especially by using Internet, students can have chances to communicate with foreigners who pronounce fluently and exactly and know what is happening now outside of Korea. Also contents can be updated fast as the newest things. Furthermore students can study English by the program which is fit for each level and choose their teacher who they want to be taught. In real classroom, itís hard to organize classes by ability and teacher. Yet in online learning, itís possible.

However depending on studentsí autonomy, the success of online learning is determined. Unless students join the online learning actively and hard, there is no good result. Even in feedback, comparing to person to person learning, itís difficult to expect as smooth interaction as offline learning.

There are always pros and cons in every aspect. Online learning is same too. Therefore teachers and students should consider both benefits and limitations of online learning carefully and utilize it properly for better education.
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