Real-Time Communication And Traditional Methods Of Communication In The 21st Century

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Real-time communication and internet have changed the English language and its usage so online literacy is becoming as essential for communication as traditional methods of communication used to be. Teachers must now, not only understand the technology the students are using but how it can be used to teach English in the 21st century. Today, technological literacy is demanded and expected, so teachers must leverage on advancing their online literacy skills to remain relevant in the internet age. Since real-time communication and use of internet in teaching result in greater efficiencies, over time, use of the internet has replaced traditional methods of teaching (Fairclough, 2014) bringing significant transformations in teaching. The impact of this means that teachers must consistently update their technological skills to enhance learning and better understand their students. With the increased need for students to benefit from efficiencies derived from real-time communication and internet, the teaching landscape must evolve to fulfill such needs and adapt to the way the English language is now being used. Other challenges both teachers and students face when teaching and learning in this Digital Age is the necessity to learn the skills of the 4 C’s (Pittaway, 2015). That is Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity skills because teachers in the twenty-first century have an important responsibility to promote creativity and innovative methods of
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