I wrote this article in April and posted it in May at my friend's and colleagues' blog: https://iraluts.blogspot.com/2019/05/soft-
In this post I would like to share some concerns regarding future employability of millennia generation and a shifting role of an English teacher in particular.
Being a devoted sci-
Most people have already turned into some sort of cyborgs, using their smartphones as an extra part of their body. We have been glued to the screen, scrolling down in social networks, streaming videos, exchanging photos and news, jotting down memos, video phoning, e-
This life seems natural to us but still it makes me worried
So one day he comes up to me and says “Mommy, I don
How long do we have until our reality is augmented so much that some human jobs will get obsolete?
A similar idea keeps popping up. A psychologist Yurkovskaya keeps on saying that contemporary schools do not provide skills that our kids will need in future. We teach 21st-
At a NATE Conference for English Language Teachers in St. Pete I heard an idea which struck a chord with me. A British teacher Philip Warwick stated that now we are in the midst of the 4th industrial revolution.
As English teachers we have always been among the first to adapt to changes. We already provide edutainment. We use various types of teaching:
Glearning – learning through Google
But what shall we do when machines start teaching English? Can we compete with computers? Can we compete with artificial intelligence?
As a matter of fact we can. The future of our profession as English teachers is very much shifting. And those who will be able to adapt will be able to survive these changes. “We have to become the 21 st century assessment expert: not a sage on a stage, but a facilitator teaching skills to process the information”. (P. Warwick)
The world has changed. People’s brains got lazier. We do not need to memorize as much as we used to, instead we just google it. And those who speak several languages have deeper thinking abilities, and thus they have a certain competitive advantage.
“By being able to operate in another language, by being able to codeswitch, not just knowing the words and the vocabulary, but by being able to be actually bilingual in some shape and form, or trilingual, we’re improving working memory, we’re creating an inhibitory control … and we’re braintraining.
As English language teachers we’ve got a secure future. But that future is less about teaching English, it’s more about improving these areas through English. And I think that’s the future of our profession”. (P. Warwick)
By coaching mostly one-
At NATE conference I learnt that these communicative life competences are called soft skills as opposed to hard skills
“Education has shifted from trying to train kids to become producers, trying to train kids memorize things and to obey instructions, because the one thing that robots can do is memorize things and obey instructions. What we need to embrace is our very humanity. And our humanity is that creativity, that collaboration, that critical thinking”. (P. Warwick)
“Embracing our humanity” means that we have to focus on our human side and skills. In order to be successful in a highly computerized technological world we can win only if we use our competitive advantages – our socio-
1. The future road exit sign: https://www.siemens.com/press/pool/de/pressebilder/2013/infrastructure-
2. Philip Warwick and industrial revolutions: Vera Novikova
3. Robot vs. human: https://www.extremetech.com/wp-
4. Soft vs. hard skills: https://dinamicatreinamentos.com/uploads/png/soft-
5. City: Photo by Ginji Ito on Unsplash