THE INTERNET USE– A SILENT VICE FOR THE LEARNER OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND/FOREIGN LANGUAGE
The influence of the internet on learning is so huge today ; in fact, we rely on it for all kinds of academic purposes. And its impact on English language learning is enormous in terms of the output gained. As the internet lays out a vast encyclopedia of learning, the students are at ease to find support in their daily lectures from it and at their own leisure. Despite the fact that the internet is a boon for the language learner, one cannot , at times ,repudiate the fact that it is misused as a tool for the mere completion of assignments, projects and activities given to the learner , which should be done in sincerity and in the genuine pursuit of learning. This vice assumes a grave dimension when the non-native speaker of the English language uses the internet solely to meet his short-term goals like marks and grades.
The purpose of this abstract is to highlight the misuse of the internet in English language learning by non-native speakers, especially in foundation courses, lacking a sincere approach which debilitates their critical thinking abilities.
From my experiences based on classroom teaching which includes reading and speaking activities for foundation course assessment to Arab students, I put forward two instances in the abstract which bear witness to the non-ethical use of the internet by the students to advance their courses without the remote possibility of any fruit being borne by these acts.
The two instances reveal the fact of the misuse of the internet in different ways by learners for the mere pursuit of gaining grades or marks . The first instance mentioned in the abstract shows how the critical thinking ability of the language learner is brought down to a state of deterioration, as he/she blindly relies on the internet for every task assigned to. The second instance exposes the use of the internet in an excessive mode, not at all in tune with the calibre of the learners, who try to scale heights, depriving themselves of the time and opportunity to cement their foundation.
The internet, though a bliss for the modern language learner, can also be the bane, if it is misused for the sheer sake of fleeting benefits.