TEACHING FOREIGN LANGUAGES TO INTERNET GENERATION: NEW CHALLENGES

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Ph. D. Tatiana I. Kuznetsova
Ph. D. Igor A. Kuznetsov
Ph. D. Galina G. Artyushina

Resumen

The use of Information Technologies presents new challenges to foreign language teaching. To
respond to these challenges teachers should consider the impact of IT on consciousness and style
of thinking of their users, primarily of the so-called Generation Y, or Internet generation. The paper
examines some of the changes brought about by computer technologies, in particular, what is usually
described as “clip thinking” and “digital amnesia”. Taking as an example the use of printed and
computerized dictionaries, the authors come to the conclusion that the main task of the teacher is to
help students find the right strategy and make informed choices about which dictionary to use in a
particular situation.

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