So true. Online learning is an industry from TOEIC to Aspect, TOEFL, and others. The coverage of the USA with WIFI and computer equipment is far from 100%. Note Europe has invested systematically for now more than twenty years to guarantee full coverage. Europe has nearly reached that level and now is generalizing optical fiber, etc. And yet computer power is not equally distributed. That’s the digital divide of the United Nations.

But the main idea that has to be promoted in this field is that AI and online learning have to become “Guided Self-Learning” and that is both a lot more promising than plain classwork and a greater challenge than providing students with resources and tasks to do. Students have to become individually and in small volunteer groups “self-learners” and then the question is how the teacher can guide them in their search for knowledge, their discovery of knowledge and analysis of knowledge within systematic confrontation with other self-learners and other knowledge they have not discovered themselves.

And that reform, that reconstruction, that complete redesigning of education is not for tomorrow. It is for today and strangely enough, the COVID-19 crisis is forcing a rather conservative field into challenging itself into generalized innovation towards the end of the domination of learners by teachers, towards students who are the masters of their own learning. (Guided Self Learning,

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Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, PhD in Germanic Linguistics (University Lille III) and ESP Teaching (University Bordeaux II) has been teaching all types of ESP

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