How has technology influenced the teaching and learning English

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There is a widespread agreement that technology now plays a more important role in our society. Its influences can be easily seen in every field of our daily life including medicine, education, construction and so on. In terms of education, technological advances have revolutionized the teaching and learning foreign languages, specifically, English. They now provide a wealth of materials and resources, innovate the method of teaching and learning English and lead to the appearance of e-learning.

First, today's technology has provided teachers as well as students of English more choices of materials than in the past, when "technology" was still an unfamiliar term to the majority of Vietnamese society. As materials for teaching and learning English then were very limited, students mainly learnt through books and handouts given by their teachers. This limitation did hinder students a lot in their efforts to self-study more. Now, however, thanks to innovations like the Internet, the situation has vastly improved.

The Internet, with a huge number of websites it provides, has become an indispensable resource for English study. Because the majority of these websites are in English, just by surfing them, students of the language can greatly build up their vocabularies. Also, there are many websites that have been established just for the promotion of English, to which teachers can access to download materials for their own lectures. Meanwhile, students can also use these websites for self-studying purposes. In general, technology, and especially the Internet has become so essential a source of materials that without it, the teaching and study of English would be much more difficult.

Secondly, technological advances have also led to an innovation in the method of teaching and learning English. This can be easily seen through a simple comparison between language teaching in the past and that at...