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Revolutionizing ELT: Exploring Innovations in Language Education

Innovations in ELT

A further major strand of innovation concerns the expansion of language education in various EFL contexts; in Indonesia for example, English in the school sector starting increasingly early at elementary school level. The study of innovation in language education began to generate particular interest only from the 1980s onwards, with important early contributions including Kennedy (1988) from a UK perspective and Henrichsen (1989) from a US one. 

Why do you think it is important to do some innovation in ELT?


The expansion of language education in various contexts of ELT such as Indonesia has indeed become a significant area of ​​innovation. Where there is a tendency to introduce English education starting from the elementary school level.

The study of innovation in language education has received significant attention. Studies conducted by Kennedy (1988) focus on language teaching innovation in the context of English, where he focuses on investigating the factors that influence innovation in language teaching and exploring how innovative practices are implemented in schools. The impact is providing valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with adopting innovative approaches to language education.

Next, a Study by Henrichsen (1989) examines the role of technology, particularly computer-assisted language learning, in promoting innovative practices in language education. He examines the impact of technology on language teaching and learning and highlights the potential benefits of integrating technology into language classrooms.

According to Hall (2013),  innovation for ELT  is very important and without innovation, ELT will become stagnant and irrelevant to current conditions. Furthermore, Hewings (2013) also said that innovation in ELT is not only about introducing new methods in ELT or materials but also about changing the way we think about ELT. He also emphasized that we must be open to new ideas and must experiment if we want to improve the quality of ELT because innovation is not always easy, but it is essential if we are to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

As stated by Jati (2018) that innovation is very important in teaching English (ELT) to keep up with the changing needs of learners and the ever-evolving field of language acquisition. We can see the reason of important innovation in ELT as follows:

Innovations in English Language Teaching (ELT) play a pivotal role in addressing the ever-evolving needs of students in today's dynamic world. As Hall and Hewings (2013) emphasize, these innovations act as a response mechanism to adapt and complement the current educational landscape to meet the specific requirements of learners. Moreover, they contribute significantly to enhancing the overall quality of learning, rendering it not only more appealing but also more effective and efficient, as highlighted by Henrichsen (1989). 

One of the driving forces behind the need for innovation in ELT is the rapid expansion of technology. In this digital age, new technologies continually emerge, reshaping the educational sphere. Jati (2018) underscores the significance of integrating these technological advancements into ELT, enabling educators to harness the power of these tools and provide a more enhanced learning experience for their students.

Furthermore, innovation in ELT promotes a shift towards a learner-centered teaching approach. As Kennedy (1988) suggests, it encourages active student participation, empowering them to take a more proactive role in their language learning journey. In conclusion, innovation in ELT is not merely an option but a necessity to meet the changing needs of students, improve the quality of education, harness emerging technologies, and create a more student-centric approach to teaching.

Finally based on my insight, I think that innovation in ELT is very important because with these innovations teachers can help their students to become students who are more actively involved, then effective, and successful in ELT learning. 

  • Hall, D., & Hewings, A. (Eds.). 2013. Innovation in English language teaching: A reader. Routledge.
  • Henrichsen, L. 1989. Innovation in language teaching: A research perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Jati, A. Gumawang. 2018. Innovations in ELT. Tangerang Selatan, Banten: Universitas Terbuka.
  • Kennedy, C. 1988. Innovation in language teaching. Oxford: Macmillan Education.