Web 2.0 offers a wide range of opportunities to the language teacher, especially because it accomplishes the first purpose of language: COMMUNICATION. That is possible because Web 2.0 has million of sites that are updated very frequently, if not daily, and provides interaction between WWW users. That’s the key point when thinking about using Web 2.0 in the classroom.
This interactive web makes our students not only learn and practice with thousand activities, but learning from other people in the classroom or around the world by chatting/writing or talking. Another important aspect is that with the Web 2.0 the learners can improve the four language skills while using language in a pragmatic way.
Another advantage Web 2.0 offers is that learners could be in touch with others students from other schools by School Links Projects. That is a perfect activity for our students to put into practice what they learn in class and to see that what they learn is completely useful in real life. So that would make them feel more interested and most probably they will participate in a more active way.
However, it is important to take into account the topics I have published in the previous reflections. You have to make your students to think SMART and teach them how to be secure, you may also be sure all of them have ICT skills, as well as the technological conditions you have in your school.
Having this in mind, it should be great if you use the interactive web to engage your students in the language learning. That would also achieve the purpose of language teaching: make students learn to use what they’ve learnt in a real context.
These links could help you find more info about school links projects and the use of Web 2.0. Hope you like them.