Books to be Replaced with Facebooks

Posted in Miscellaneous by Justin on 23 Aug 2011

Technology has taken the driver seat in terms of furthering education. No longer are books revered as the treasure chest of information. Children are exposed at a very early age to the benefits and pitfalls of digital content. A recent study conducted by a British literacy charity has found the influence of technology on children's reading habits to be startling. "Schoolchildren are significantly more likely to be exposed to mobile phones and computers in the home than novels, according to researchers. They also found that reading frequency declined sharply with age, with 14 to 16 year–olds being more than 10 times as likely to avoid books altogether as those in primary education."

While the statement is true, and the results justified, they only look at the advent of digital reading from one standpoint. Look, if you will, at all the possibilities digital learning offers to English language learners. One of the biggest obstacles in learning a language is to capture the syntax and purpose of the cultural relevancy behind a language. Books can only take you so far. But overseas learners can gain a stronger sense of understanding by being exposed the English language in the digital realm.

While reading does play an important role in learning a new language, speaking and pronouncing words can be learned through auditory practices. Seeing, reading, and hearing allows English language learners to gain a firm grasp as they study. This isn't to say that books, and American literature should be ignored. There is no better way to expand one's vocabulary and understanding of a culture through reading a classing Hemmingway or Twain, but it works hand-in-hand within the digital space to show, as well as tell.