Before going further, let us review a page of modern Chinese history. During the hard years of Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), the National Southwestern Associated University (西南聯大) located in Quinming did not even have classrooms, so they borrowed common people’s ancestral shrines instead; it did not have a comprehensive library, so students read the few books by copying them; yet its department of physics, which had only blackboards and white chalks to offer its teachers, produced two Nobel Prize winners in theoretical physics: Yang Jeng-ning and Lee Jeng-dao. (楊振寧與李政道) Students nowadays in Taiwan are luckier than their grandpas and grandmas. They are equipped with all the teaching hardware and software and they need not to run for air-raid shelters to escape from Japanese bombers in the middle of their classes. Do they learn better than their forefathers?
I am a veteran English teacher. I never believe that language labs, computer learning software, DVDs, or CDs are the panacea for learning English well. As long as students are willing to learn, I believe I can teach them to learn well with just a blackboard and a piece of chalk.