Challenges and Solutions in Online Foreign Language Instruction
Mary Ellen McGoey, Northeastern Illinois University, United States
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-76-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
Teaching foreign languages online presents many challenges if one wishes to duplicate the group dynamics and interactivity of the foreign language classroom. These challenges are both technical and psychological. They include 1) insuring that all students have access to and are able to operate a wide range of hardware and software; 2) achieving the requisite levels of proficiency according to the ACTFL scale in the five skills of listening, reading, writing, speaking, and culture; 3) providing an interactive classroom community which encourages communication among individuals who have no physical contact other than voice over internet or chat.. This presentation will review the challenges in detail and offer solutions which have been successful in overcoming some of them. It will also provide guidelines for those interested in attempting online classes in foreign languages.
McGoey, M.E. (2009). Challenges and Solutions in Online Foreign Language Instruction. In T. Bastiaens, J. Dron & C. Xin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2009--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 525-528). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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