Synopsis

We live now in the age of computer revolution in both teaching and learning. Times have changed and teachers and methods have evolved. Technology is now the key word. In the classroom there are new technologies such as over overhead projectors, interactive whiteboards, laptop computers and wireless internet. The classroom has no walls anymore! Teachers who traditionally were tied to textbooks and blackboards are now computer savvy and adept at using Power-Points. Students are now empowered by the wide world web so much so that learning is possible without the teacher and even the student can now become the teacher! Such is the wonder and power of computer technology.

As Martin Peacock of the British Council notes, that is just the beginning – because just as technologies have begun to change the way that English is learned in the classroom, even bigger changes seem to be taking place outside it. In fact, the digital revolution in learning now threatens to undermine the classroom completely as a place of study. Learning English through mobile devices gains credibility every day and the increasing popularity and rapidly diminishing cost of tablet devices reinforce this by providing a format that really is capable of delivering courseware. This is evidenced by the growing interest in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), providing large-scale (and free) learning interventions and it is clear that technology still has much to offer English Language Teaching (Foreword to British Council’s Innovations series).

The aim of this conference is to explore the innovative and exciting ways that technology is intervening in the teaching and learning of English especially in Nigeria and to examine the interventions and gains of technology in other parts of the world. The conference will engage this theme from a host of dimensions as the following sub-themes indicate.