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Language Learning Online: Towards Best Practice

1st Edition

By Uschi Felix

Taylor & Francis

232 pages

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Hardback: 9789026519482
pub: 2003-01-01
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This important and accessible book identifies the key elements in the quest for best practice in online language teaching. The authors, all of them international experts who have made significant contributions to the debate about how to exploit the new technologies, consider online language teaching from three crucial perspectives: design, tools and pedagogy. Their recommendations are such that they can actually be realised in spite of the limitations of today's educational environments.

The book demonstrates that the new technologies offer far greater potential for authentic encounters and constructivist learning than even the best classroom simulations; that automated exercise and feedback structures can be individualised and meaningful; and that if we have to teach fully by distance, these ventures no longer need to represent impoverished versions of live classes but can engender a strong sense of community. To achieve this we need to understand what elements constitute good design both in technical and pedagogical terms, to think seriously about providing the best feedback possible, and to have the courage to take the risks associated with letting go of traditional learner/teacher relationships.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Contributors

INTRODUCTION

1 An orchestrated vision of language learning online

Uschi Felix

DESIGN

2 Language learning online: designing towards user acceptability

Dominique Hémard

3 Optimising web course design for language learners

Robert Godwin-Jones

TOOLS

4 Servers, clients, testing and teaching

Stewart Arneil and Martin Holmes

5 Engaging the learner – how to author for best feedback

Paul Bangs

6 MOO as a language learning tool

Lesley Shield

7 Virtual worlds as arenas for language learning

Patrik Svensson

PEDAGOGY

8 Pedagogy on the line: identifying and closing the missing links

Uschi Felix

9 Using internet-based audio-graphic and video conferencing for

language teaching and learning

Regine Hampel and Eric Baber

10 Perspectives on offline and online training initiatives

Graham Davies

Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS079000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business