Teaching English Literature and the ICT
We live in the world of multimedia and Information technology and the internet offers a plethora of information that is available easily to everyone. Today, the notion of “Teaching is an art” is challenged. The teachers enter in the classroom where all students are well equipped with internet on mobile that gives instant information on any topic. In such milieu, teaching language and literature demands the teacher to be creative and resourceful. Moreover, teaching a second language or foreign language and its literature to the learner who has less exposure to the cultural and linguistic dimension of that language makes it a tight rope for the teacher to walk on. However, teachers today are fortunate with the advanced technology and multimedia and are at advantage with an access to these information and communication technology, popularly called ICT. The paper illustrates how teaching of literature, teaching of all major forms of literature: Poetry, Drama and Fiction, can be made more effective and enjoyable with the use of Information and Communication Technology. The paper also explores the possible new interpretation and understanding of the given text in a context with the new available technology and with all the information it offers the teachers. The paper is written with an assumption that teachers are computer literate to avail of the ICT. However, the paper does not claim that ICT is a substitute for a human teacher but, asserts that ICT can give more insight into the text and open the spectrum of perspectives and makes teaching literature a more fulfilling activity.
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