I read ELTJam meets Sugata Mitra today and found some interesting comments that I thought I might tease out. My comments today are based mainly on Robinson's text as many of the YouTube videos I was not able to open at the time of this writing.
Comment from: nick3 Visitor
Thanks for taking the time to critique the post, Benjamin. I'd be interested to see whether you have any additional thoughts after watching the actual interview.
Comment from: bnleez Visitor
Thanks nick3 for your comment. I have now watched the videos. I realize now that Mitra is providing 21st Century answers to 20th Century questions. After watching exchanges three (All or Nothing), four (The Neoliberal Question), and five (A Theory about English Language Teachers), I feel embarrassed for the EFL teaching profession. And the interpretation in exchange five was misleading. Mitra said that his belief was that the English (British) walked out after his talk while the audience who gave him a standing ovation were not from England. This is not the same necessarily as the native and non-native speaker "divide"…unless you know something that I don't.Again, I appreciate the interview and perspective because if furthers the important discussion we need to have as a profession. How can the EFL teaching profession grow into 21st Century learning? How can the EFL teaching profession learn to take criticism seriously, yet not personally?