Using Clubefl within my teaching has opened up a world of creative possibilities that have enriched my teaching as a whole. I am no longer limited to ready-made activities provided by others but can now create my own tailor-made ones to suit my students’ individual needs and wants, through the countless games, quizzes, stories etc. that can be personally set up. The vast range of activities available through Clubefl provides the teacher with immense variety to constantly engage the learner’s interest through a medium that is relevant to the modern student. This has been my own experience. In other words, in this day and age of modern technology where students are constantly communicating with others via the internet and mobile phones, the only way for teachers to stay connected with their students is via Web 2.0, within a safe environment which is what Clubefl provides. The enthusiastic response of my students has shown me this.
Personally, my favourite parts of Clubefl include the quizzes that can be set up based on personally chosen videos from other reputable sites to provide interesting and engaging aural as well as visual stimulation for listening practice at any level; secondly, the students’ individual blogs, or digital portfolios that allow the student not only a platform for their own creativity and expression, but a platform that can be viewed by a huge audience, thus encouraging the student to take pride in a form of publishing their work through forming their own individualised blog.
My teaching experience has proven to me that a school that wishes to be considered relevant to the modern student must use Web 2.0 technology to connect and stay connected to their students who are growing up in a world of technology and have embraced that technology in their lives. Without this technology, we teachers are ‘dinosaurs’ slowly becoming extinct in a world that will leave us behind.
English Language Teacher