Bring the ChinesePod experience to your Classroom. Learn more about ChinesePod SchoolZone BETA here.
Say It Right Series

Chinesepod in 2020

Posted by Joachim January 14, 2009 in the Group General Discussion.

Tags: Chinesepod 2020, scenario, weird stuff

As some sort of discussion on Chinesepod in 20 years has been started off-topic in another thread, I'd like to start a new separate discussion here.

I quite like the idea of looking at scenarios for ideas about long-term developments.

For our purpose here, I have stumbled upon a Wired magazine article with four scenarios depicting different tangents of what kind of persons we (or rather: they) might be (http://www.wired.com/wired/scenarios/build.html):

1. I Will; 2. Consumerland; 3. Ecotopia; 4. New Civics

I do think that in most of these scenarios Chinesepod - or rather: online language learning - could have a role to play.

1. As part of the patchwork and social network idea.

2. A bit more problematic: People want everything delivered directly into their brain?? But China is a major goods manufacturer and will thus tell how things ought to be (culture).

3. Language learning as means to develop and leap-frog. Focus shift to Latin America, forget the US :-)

4. Focus on the cities, virtual is everywhere.

I am not giving away which of the scenarios I'd like best, but Chinesepod could develop a robust strategy to deal with them all. And at least in 1,3,4 we - the community of users - could play a vital part.

Comments (35) RSS

loading... Updating ...

To comment, please login.

Not sure if your comment is appropriate? Check our Commenting Policy first.

New lesson idea? Please contact us.