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By Naima

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Most teachers that do not work with computers generally tend to ignore the use of computers as an educational tool. However, none of these reasons are legitimate reasons to stop the integration of computers into schools. The computer should be thought of as a teaching tool rather than a technological threat.

There are still many faults or unsolvable problems that surround computers in the classroom. Can they serve well in teaching language? Can they provide learners with efficient and effective practices? Everyone knows that machines can't replace teachers. Learners will still need their instructor during language lessons. However, they can still help both the students and the teachers in a variety of ways:

1. They may help to create an atmosphere in which each student works at his or her own pace, instead of trying to keep up with other members of the class. The teacher takes role of an advisor and helper.
2. They help students to develop writing skills by offering programs such as word processing. There are also a number of other activities that can be enhanced by the use of computers.
3. Computers encourage creativity because it is so easy to fix a mistake that was made while writing on the computer.
4. As the work world is constantly evolving, computer literacy is a great benefit to those just entering the workforce.
5. Computer programs, especially games can be a source of motivation. There is an element of competition: students trying to beat the machine.
6. Writing documents on computer brings out the creative sides in students, because they use creative thinking while planning, writing, revising their texts. This also promotes neatness.
7. Computers also offer a sense of security to students because they can work at their own pace without being called “stupid” for moving too slow or “geek” for moving too fast.
8. Most computer programs can be adapted by the teachers to suit the needs and expectations of their learners. Especially during introducing a word processing program and its basic functions, the teacher plays an important role as a tutor, advisor and possibly the author of writing activities.
9. Computers can help teachers keep records of students' works and their own materials.
10. Teachers who can see computers as an educational tool can use a computer labs to create a creative environment that captivates the students attention and encourages them to learn.
11. Computers are very flexible. They can be easy for any level of student to adapt to. This also checks the students' comprehension.

The biggest advantage of this integration is that the students like it and they feel motivated using it. Also the grades of students and schools alike, as thousands of questionnaires have suggested skyrockets.

The next reason why computers should be used in teaching writing and reading is that the computer as instructor has several useful qualities.
They include:
- Patience
- Accessibility
- Everyone works at a pace that they feel comfortable with
- Interactivity – the students is always interacting with the computer.
All in all while the computers aren't perfect at anticipating human error, it does aid students and teachers in a variety of ways; more good than bad.

Sources:
http://ettc.uwb.edu.pl/strony/students/prace/ewakroz/ewakroz2.html
http://ettc.uwb.edu.pl/strony/students/prace/danroz/danroz2.html