To wrap up the first round of micro-interviews eltjam is very pleased to present the responses of Mr Stephen Mayeux. We are creating a new set of questions intended to further uncover and distill the currents of opinion and prediction that eddy throughout the ELT-osphere. Until then …
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ELT teacher @ UC Davis Extension. Content creator for Gallery Languages. Hip-hop enthusiast who wakes up to coffee and C.R.E.A.M. every day
1. What do you do?
When I’m not teaching, I drop beats and bridge the gap between ELT and hip-hop at ESLhiphop.com
2. Why do you do it?
“I’d rather support myself by perfecting the pastimes that I’ve harbored based solely on the fact that it makes me smile if it sounds dope.”
3. What’s the most interesting thing happening in ELT right now?
Creative ELT teachers are creating mountains of resources for learners and teachers, and pretty soon innonvation > reputation
4. What do you think the developments in EdTech mean for learners of English?
More products and tools for autonomous language learning, potentially meaning more personalized/relevant study time
5. What do you think the developments in EdTech mean for teachers?
Means more teachers will have to take the plunge and become literate and more confident using EdTech.
6. What does EdTech mean for publishers?
It’s a wake up call to publishers. Can no longer rely on reputation alone. Will have to start thinking like a start up, i.e. agile development
7. Gamification: a fad or the future?
I think the features of gamification (badges, leader board, friendly competition, etc) are going to stick around in mobile apps for a while
8. How will mobile learning transform ELT?
Better yet: how will ELT change mobile? Many ELT Ts are taking advantage of mobile, but frustrated by limits. Will be catalyst for smaller / faster devices.
9. What next for online learning?
Not sure what’s going to happen with online teaching. Teacher and Students need much better bandwidth if group classes are to run smoothly
10. How will ELT be different 5 years from now?
I smell an ELT renaissance in the air. Very soon, a new generation of creative teachers, innovative products and better EdTech will emerge.