‘Best Practices for Blended Learning’ launched at IATEFL, Brighton

Best practices for Blended Learning Delighted to say that Barney and I presented our latest book in Brighton at the IATEFL conference earlier this month.

If you would like a .pdf version of the PPT presentation, click here:

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To download the Handout, click here:

IATEFL Handout

To download a one-page list of the References:

IATEFL – References

If you wish to buy a copy, you can do so here:

https://www.pavpub.com/best-practices-for-blended-learning/

The book has a lot of online resources on the ETp website. You can download these free resources here:

https://www.etprofessional.com/best-practices-for-blended-learning

Enjoy!

 

The perfect blend – article in MET

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The perfect blend

Pete Sharma

English language teaching is in the middle of a paradigm shift – the change from printed materials to digital. In this article, based on my BESIG (Business English Special Interest Group) presentation in Bonn, November 2014, I will briefly explore print materials, digital materials, and then describe ten practical teaching ideas which combine both print and digital.

For the rest of this article, see: Modern English Teacher Volume 24 Issue 2

One-month, online course launch: Getting Blended Learning Right

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I don’t remember the exact hour of the precise day of which month I got bitten by the Blended Learning bug, but it has been a long and interesting flirtation, through connotation and translation (‘co-existencia’), from platform to platform, and recently to research via the flipped classroom……some of the fruits of this labour have been used (to mix metaphors) to enrich and inform a new, online course called: Getting Blended Learning Right

You can get iTDi certified in Blended Learning in this four-week iTDi Advanced course. You’ll learn what blended learning is and isn’t, why so many who try to implement a blended approach rarely get it right, and what’s involved in setting up a blended language learning program. Whether you’re a teacher, trainer, manager or principal you’ll learn how to build a blended program that’s just right for your particular context.

Live sessions:

  • Sunday March 8th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • Sunday March 15th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • Sunday March 22nd – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • Sunday March 29th – course participants only (60 minutes)

Time: 13:00 – 14:00 GMT (Don’t forget to check your local time)

Enroll in the entire course for only US $59

Course + Evaluation + Certificate of Accomplishment US $89

To book your place on the course, visit: http://itdi.pro/itdihome/petesharma.php

Book review: Blending Technologies in Second Language Classrooms

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Title: Blending Technologies in Second Language Classrooms

Paul Gruba and Don Hinkelman [ Palgrave Macmillan] Published 2012 pp 181 ISBN 978-0-230-23261-7

Much has been written about Blended Learning (BL). The term and the practice is much discussed in the world of English language teaching. Much of the literature on BL is from areas outside language teaching, including the corporate world and tertiary education. There is general agreement within language teaching that the term BL refers to a study program where part of the course is done face-to-face in a traditional language classroom, and part of the course is done at a distance, typically using web-based materials.

The title of this academic work, Blending Technologies in Second Language Classrooms, helps situate the reader. It deals with blended approaches to learning and teaching which involve integrating technologies into face-face-face environments, with a focus on second language classrooms. The book has a logical structure, with ten chapters moving form theory to practice.

Chapter one looks at the theoretical foundations of BL. The chapter introduces the concept of ‘blended approaches’ to language learning, tracing its origins through the corporate world and into higher education. The authors set out four considerations in blended approaches: purpose, appropriateness, multi-modality and sustainability.

Reviewed by: Pete Sharma. The complete review will be available shortly in the new-style Newsletter via IATEFL Learning Technology SIG http://ltsig.org.uk/