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Volume 10 : 1 January 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
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The Role of Multimedia in Teaching Writing in English

P. Nagaraj, Ph.D. and Sindhu Thamban

Role of Computers and a Welcome Change in Teaching Strategies

We notice the rapid growth in educational technology these days. This helps language teachers to have access to a variety of technological assistance in achieving their educational goals. Use of computers in ELT is one such aspect of modern educational technology that brings about a change in the educational and social roles of the teacher and learner.

The knowledge and skill with which a resourceful teachers use tools such as multimedia add another dimension: role of a technician and a professional. In the past Indian teachers in general were more conservation, shunning new strategies, and they tended such strategies that gave them a sense of security. This limited the overall effectiveness of the teaching programme. Hence, an effective blend of traditional and innovative instructional strategies is a welcome change.

Focus on Fluency and Productivity in Writing

Taking our steps further to adopt new strategies, authors of this article made an attempt to teach story writing by using the process genre approach, a recent trend in teaching writing.

The learners were made to perform the communicative task of constructing a story, using an outline. A short story is well established genre with distinctive and thematic features. The story-writing task was chosen as it was one of the tasks the learners are asked to perform in their examination. Moreover, it provides ample scope for enhancing the learners' written communication skills.

Limitations of the Oral Medium

Certain limitations were felt in bringing about the desired effect while working only the conventional tools. The teacher could only provide a topic of specific situation through verbal medium. The learners had to imagine the situation with the help of hints provided to them. They would be deprived of the power of visual imagery turning intuitions into mental pictures.

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Linguistic Purism and Language Planning in a Multilingual Context | The Problems of Teaching/Learning Tenses | Language and Literature: An Exposition - Papers Presented in Karunya University International Seminar | Similes in Meghduta - The Absolute Craftsmanship in Language | Culture of the Tamil Society as Portrayed in Ponniyin Selvan | Deconstructing Human Society: An Appreciation of Amitav Ghosh's Sea Of Poppies | Enabling Students to Interpret Literary Texts Independently by Enhancing their Vocabulary | Coping with the Problems of Mixed Ability Students | Displaced Diasporic Identities - A Case Study of Mordecai Richler's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz | English Language Teaching in Developing Countries Error Analysis and Remedial Teaching Methods - An Overview | Diaspora Literature - A Hybrid or a Hybridized Product? | Anita Desai's Journey To Ithaca - A Manifestation of Vedantic Knowledge | A Study on the Physiological, Psychological and Spiritual Perspectives of Different Selves in a Self with Special Reference to Yann Martel's SELF | Conveniences and Complexities of Computer-Aided Language Learning | The Danger Lurking Within: The African American Woman in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye | Practices and Paradigms of Using Multimedia and Language Laboratory for Teaching Communication Skills to Technical Students | English: A Blessing in Disguise - A Study of Chinua Achebe's Technique of Hybridization | Language Teaching - The Present Day Challenges | Is Literature a Viable Medium for ESL Acquisition? | The Lord of The Rings : Galadriel, The Light Of Middle-Earth | Teaching Reading - A Challenge in Itself | The Silent Way | Translator as Reader: Phenomenology and Text Reception - An Investigation of Indulekha | The Dysfunctional Women in Mary Gordon'sThe Other Side | Utopia and Dystopia, Conflict Between Two Extremes - An Appraisal of Anita Desai's Cry, The Peacock | Reading 'god' Backwards | The Comic Vision in the Stories and Sketches of R.K.Narayan | My Responses to The English Teacher | 'Fall from Grace into Grief': Putting into Perspective the Outrages of Terrorism in Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown | Style and Language in M. G. Vassanji's The Assassin's Song | Affirmation of Life in Lloyd C. Douglas' Magnificent Obsession | Effectiveness of Group Investigation Model and Simulation Model in Teaching English | A Mathematical Treatment of Feministic Literature for the Prediction of Social Trends | Multiple Intelligences and Second Language Learning | Amitav Ghosh's The Circle Of Reason - A Study of Diaspora | The Role of Multimedia in Teaching Writing in English | A PRINT VERSION OF ALL THE PAPERS OF JUNE 2010 ISSUE IN BOOK FORMAT | HOME PAGE of January 2010 Issue | HOME PAGE | CONTACT EDITOR

P. Nagaraj, Ph.D.
Dept of English and Foreign Languages
Bharathiar University
Coimbatore 641 041
Tamilnadu, India

Sindhu Thamban
Dept of English and Foreign Languages
Bharathiar University
Coimbatore 641 041
Tamilnadu, India
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