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Paul Beaufait

ESP for Busy College Students: Is the Blend of In-Class, Online & Mobile Learning the Answer? | IALLT - 4 views

  • Neumeier (2005) more broadly defines a hybrid learning environment as “a combination of face-to-face (FtF) and computer assisted learning” used in a single course delivery context (p. 164).
  • hybrid language learning courses are “only going to foster successful language learning if they are carefully designed on the basis of an analysis of the participants’ needs and abilities” (p. 176).
  • Learning English for Special Purposes requires a high degree of interaction with peers, teachers, and content. Effective interaction with content was built into the instructional design, however increased levels of communication with peers and teachers are essential and these can be achieved only through the Internet.
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  • writing practice and communication were conducted mainly through the computer not the mobile devices
  • students were in agreement that the blend of in-class, online and mobile delivery was an optimal solution for internationally trained immigrants learning English in a post-secondary context. They found the combination of 1) speaking taught primarily face-to-face, 2) listening taught on the mobile devices and 3) writing taught mainly online to be an effective approach.
  • the in-class component seemed to maintain the integrity of the hybrid course overall as it fostered a sense of community amongst the learners. As noted by participants, it was the design of the materials and the way in which they were presented, not the technology used, that impacted the effectiveness of the course the most.
  • The traditional classroom meetings though, were found most beneficial in promoting face-to-face interaction, ad-hoc speaking, pronunciation practice and the development of other communication competencies supported by visual cues.
  • the findings indicate that students’ progress was enabled by effective instructional design integrating goals and content relevant to the specific group of learners, together with the appropriate methods and media which enabled and enhanced interaction within the content.
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    Palalas, Agnieszka. (2010). ESP for busy college students: It the blend of in-class, online & mobile learning the answer? IALLT Journal, 41(1). Retrieved November 22, 2011, from http://www.iallt.org/iallt_journal/esp_for_busy_college_students_is_the_blend_of_in_class_online_mobile_learning_the_answ
Paul Beaufait

Social Media Workshop « Language Acquisition Resource Center - 8 views

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    Blended participation, 2010.08.09-13 (PDT): "What's happening with blogs, wikis, podcasts and social networking?  How can we use the tools our students use to connect, share, and inform in the language classroom?"
Valentina Dodge

YouTube - English360's Channel - 14 views

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    With English360, English teaching is changing. Our web-based learning platform can be used to create and deliver face-to-face, online and blended courses. Teachers an create personalised courses using digital authoring tools that let you combine coursebook content from Cambridge University Press
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    What a great way to improve learning in the online field. Thanks for posting!
Paul Beaufait

Controversies in using technology in language teaching | Teaching English | British Council | BBC - 0 views

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    BBC article cites: Barrett, B and Sharma, P (2007) Blended Learning - using technology inside and beyond the language classroom Macmillan Jones, C (1086) 'It's not so much the program, more what you do with it: the importance of methodology in CALL' System 14 / 2, 171-178
Knewton

What is "Adaptive Learning"? Our own Knewton Knerds explain... - 0 views

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    In today's age of big data, words and phrases like "adaptive learning," "personalization" and "differentiation" are getting tossed around with increasing frequency. What exactly do these terms mean and to what extent do they overlap?
Paul Beaufait

Language Learning with Livemocha | Learn a Language Online - Free! - 0 views

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    Livemocha blends self-paced lessons, a vibrant community, and interactive tools to help you talk to the world.
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    "Free Online Courses ... in 36 different languages" (2010.02.22)
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