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Teachers and Learners of English in Today’s Modern World: Perspectives on Language Classroom Interaction

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In today’s modern world, technology has taken over all major parts of our lives. From a very young age, children are exposed to devices such as tablets, cell phones, game pads, game consoles, calculators, computers and so on which enables them to develop certain types of skills which haven’t quite been accounted for in traditional schooling. That is why, the mission of the new 21 generation of teachers is very difficult because the new generation of pupils, in its turn, has been socially endowed, until they will have already reached school, with a set of expectations which can hardly be met by un “unprepared” teacher. Young learners’ profiles challenge the teachers themselves to generate and implement new strategies in class, as their attention, especially in the first school forms, is no longer something that matches the description of Piaget’s developmental stages, according to a psychological approach, but also a modern profile generated by cartoon like or game like fictional characters, stories and levels that require children to use multiple tasking, many instruments and at least a foreign language. Thus, as a result of a micro-research team project, the authors of the present study decided to perform a reality check in some of the schools in Brasov and to describe not only what they discovered, but also what there should be done for a successful further course of action. The paper is, consequently, based on data collected from firsthand filming in class, with the consent of all the parties involved, and also on research undertaken in the latest young learners’ strategies, to which personal opinions have been added as a result of the experience in language teaching that all three authors have in the field. Moreover, the outcomes of the study will represent the cornerstone for a new ELT Methodology course that the authors would like to write for the next generations of students interested in becoming English language teachers.
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