Hi. My name is Don, and this is my first blog post on my EFL website, English Lizard. I'll try to create a new post each weekend, and give my students and any other English language learners some time to reply. By the way, those would be my students at IONs/Real English, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and perhaps a few former students from Asian University, Chonburi, Thailand. Weekly topics will include various expat life snapshots, as well as anything related to English teaching or learning I happen to come across or think of during the week.
So today, I came across some worthwhile apps for English learning, which I've added to this site's EFL Websites & Apps page. And, it got me wondering . . . With all of the great websites and apps out there, why does the EFL world still seem to be stuck in the dinosaur age? I mean, why do all the EFL texts seem to be stand-alone productions that ridiculously still include a cd or in some cases, a cd-rom, rather than be tied to a EFL website and app that include downloadable audio, video, and other goodies? And, why don't courses at English schools include a significant at-home study element that makes use of all the EFL websites and apps out there?
I can think of a couple reasons: 1) EFL companies, like Pearson, and most English schools have little motivation to change. The market for EFL is huge, and most students are not experts at telliing the difference between mediocre texts, teachers, and courses. A lot of the students learning English in SE Asia come from well-to-do families and can afford rather expensive courses. Business is still good, which brings me to the next reason.
2) Money - textbook companies and schools are afraid of losing money if they embrace the online English market, where sites and apps are free. In reality, they should jump headfirst into the market, and be the leaders in creating websites and apps that are tied to their texts, courses, and curriculum.
Well, those are my thoughts on the matter. It's Easter weekend here, so a Happy Easter to everyone. Til next time, take care.