When Virtual hits Reality

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We live in a world where virtual reality abounds and often rules… yet if we’re all at one time or another exposed to it not all of us understand it…
Most people still find it difficult to relate the drawing of money from a cash machine to the fact that it takes it out of our bank account…

Many organisations today have screens to interact with their prospects and clients or customers… a lot of them also have websites… rarely designed to be as user-friendly as they think they are or as they are supposed to be… since computer programmers are completely unaware of how users react faced with the interface… they only have their own idea on the matter and that explains why all websites are designed in the same way… worse still they are trying to compel users to follow their system… which are supposed to be user-friendly… but are not… as they operate their own way a far cry from how a human would operate…

Likewise most people can’t go from book to fact… the print will remain fiction whatever they read or whatever teachers are trying to teach…
I had an Algerian friend who used a computer, and was training in computer literacy, who asked me how the words appeared on his screen…
Lots could also be said about people learning English from another culture not using the Roman alphabet… those people often see our alphabet –and so words- as totally virtual and do not relate to them… even if they see and understand the words those words do not resonate internally in them as they do in us…

The same goes for teaching English…
Reading in a book or from a book may leave leaching and learning English or the English student(s) far behind… unable to convert the lesson hands-on when it comes to practising in real life… and so few or far between will make the link…
Like speaking is not teaching reading is not learning… the reader, like the listener, needs to integrate the content, adhere and make it his/her own… or else it all goes to waste…
Teachers need to implement the reading and listening through activities and speaking exercises… lecturing doesn’t do it… only teaching and (real*) coaching work…
* there are lots of people out there claiming to be coaches… of which most aren’t coaches…

Still parents and educators of all kinds need to promote reading as well as all their activities in the younger heads…

Also check THE COMPREHENSIVE TEACHER (The EFL & TEFL Companion)
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Jesse CRAIGNOU (jesse.craignou@yahoo.fr)

PS : I regularly train and coach teachers through workshops and seminars… contact me if you think I can assist you…

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