20 Years on: Reflections on Learning Languages for Specific Purposes
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International scientific conference FOREIGN LANGUAGES IN CHANGING TIMES V
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With the advent of communicative language teaching methodologies, there has been an on-going paradigm shift from teacher-centered instruction to student-centered learning. One of the key factors in this shift is the recognition that collaborative and cooperative instructional settings create optimum opportunities for practice and feedback, thus providing for better learning outcomes. This shift in classroom instruction has been partly driven by advances in Internet and Communications Technologies (ICT) and the possiblities created for interaction, making remote participation available to learners regardless of time or location. Although the possibilites for participation have increased exponentially, such as in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), the interaction between learners and teachers and between learners themselves is recognized as key to overall learning success. In addition, it is also widely accepted that self-access learning and peer feedback are further components in the paradigm shift where learning and learners are core.
This presentation will dicusss the principles behind two course types taught by the author and how changing technologies and traditional ?chalk and talk? have evolved in the past 20 years of the author?s teaching and learning experience. The presentation will conclude that blended learning course design can provide very positive support and conditions for learners to cooperate and collaborate on learning tasks and promote better language and skills development, along with better content understanding, both inside and outside of the classroom, for work and for life.
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