Making a success of corporate blended language learning with Pete Sharma
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The perfect blend
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
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
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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/
The latest newsletter from Teachitworld is themed – and the theme is Blended learning and the flipped classroom.
There are articles from Nik Peachey & Russell Stannard, as well as myself. Visit:
I was also amazed to read the introduction – we are quoted a good number of times.