DR. VSV LAXMI RAMANA
Technology has all along been a vital force in the development and advancement of mankind. The ongoing, unprecedented growth of information and communication technology (ICT), coupled with the globalization of the economy, has created a huge challenge for education. The implementation of ICT is in the forefront of education reforms locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Together e-learning practices and approaches have opened up a raft of different new and old learning theories to match against the more sophisticated learning contexts and audiences in our schools, colleges and universities. Flexible learning has been facilitated not so much by changes in curriculum and learning theories but through an array of different provisional methods and new tools that have arisen. Over time however substantial changes in curriculum and learning may become more notable. For teachers however the opportunities and merits of e-learning rather hoop the changes of expectations of learning in the 21st Century, offering us the chance to review and adapt learning and teaching practices, familiarizing ourselves for the decades of change that lie ahead of us as we adapt to globalization and all it means for our societies and cultures, communities and institutions. Of all the subjects, English has been proved to be the most suitable for the use of ICT. English teachers in our times have the privilege of using ICT for supplementing their class with interesting interactive exercises, audio-visual materials to arouse and sustain the interest of their learners, motivate the reluctant learners to explore the mode of learning through the multi-media which promises to be both useful and enjoyable. With the popularization of ICT, now people have the opportunity to learn from and learn with technology.
Key words: e-learning practices, ICT, globalization, teaching-learning practices, technological innovations