KanTalk, but he prefers to do lessons face to face. In our last lesson he said something that stuck in my mind; he told me that as a specialist in pulmonary disorders he has to relearn his discipline every seven years. i.e. changes in medicine are so rapid that a doctor who hadn't kept up with developments for just seven years would be unable to function effectively in a modern hospital.
Then I considered how we teach in school; the materials we use, the techniques that are encouraged, the methodologies employed and realised that they have changed very little in the last 18 years. I could have walked out of a classroom in 1989 and into my 2007 one and within the space of 20 minutes carried on. This is truly a depressing thought.
The only good piece of news in this whole, sad scenario is that this is most definitely not true of the lessons I do with my private students. In those I have much more control over my choice of teaching materials and methodology and many of the learning exercises I do with them now would have been unimaginable even two years ago. Lessons with Flickr, Youtube video productions and blogging are a few of the examples in which not only have the tools I used changed but also the way I approach teaching English as well.