ACQUIRING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE VIA COMPUTER: PROS AND CONS OF MODERN DIGITAL EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT

E. Polyudova

Russian Institute for Art Education Studies (UNITED STATES)
Recent decades the process of studying foreign languages via computer technologies becomes extremely popular throughout the world. Schools and freelance teachers use wide range of the modern tools, from Google+ Hangouts to Skype. This approach give the benefits of studying a foreign language with native speakers and professional instructors, avoiding many inconvenient drawbacks such as distances, time frame, coming to an office, et cetera.

It is evident to accept existence of new “digital educational environment”. However, the new environment needs to be rendered from different learning perspectives. What are the benefits of using technologies in acquiring a foreign language? What are the hidden issues of the digital learning process? How does technologies effect the educational environment for both, instructors and students? What are the differences between regular classroom environment and technological classroom? What differences modern technological educators have to keep in mind, organizing educational process? How does digital educational milieu influence the way of a class going? Does it matter how a cyber class is organized?

A paper analyzes the process of studying English via computer technologies from practical perspectives of the modern educators. It is time to conclude experience of using technologies in studying foreign languages via computer technologies. It allows the modern educators to define the difference of digital educational environment from a real life classroom. The paper considers the efficiency of digital educational process and specialties of technological learning instructions. It is important to contemplate psychological issues because the digital educational space has certain peculiarities. The paper includes some examples of the current instructions the author uses during teaching English via Skype and Google+ Hangout.