MEASURING ORAL PROFICIENCY IN DISTANCE, FACE-TO-FACE, AND BLENDED CLASSROOMS

October 7, 2008

LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY–Although the foreign-language profession routinely stresses the importance of technology for the curriculum, many teachers still harbor deep-seated doubts as to whether or not a hybrid course, much less a completely distance-learning class, could provide L2 learners with a way to reach linguistic proficiency full story


FOCUS ON FORM THROUGH COLLABORATIVE SCAFFOLDING IN EXPERT-TO-NOVICE ONLINE INTERACTION

October 7, 2008

LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY–Synchronous Computer-mediated communication (CMC) creates affordable learning conditions to support both meaning-oriented communication and focus-on-form reflection that play an essential role in the development of language competence. This paper reports how corrective feedback was negotiated full story


EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM MEMORY AND CONTENT REPRESENTATION TYPE ON MOBILE LANGUAGE LEARNING

October 7, 2008

LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGYDue to the rapid advancements in mobile communication and wireless technologies, many researchers and educators have started to believe that these emerging technologies can be leveraged to support formal and informal learning opportunities. Mobile language learning can be effectively implemented by delivering learning content full story


ELL/ESL/EFL Blog Carnival β€” Seventh Edition

October 2, 2008

LARRY FERLAZZO’S WEBSITES OF THE DAY–It’s time for the seventh edition of the ELL/ESL/EFL Blog Carnival. You can see the previous editions here. The next edition will be published on December 1st, and will be hosted by Mary Ann Zehr at Learning The Language, the blog hosted by Education Week that focuses on English Language Learners. That blog full story


Teacher Language in ESL Face-To-Face and Written Electronic Discussions

October 1, 2008

TESL-EJ–This repeated-measures, counter-balanced study reports on a comparison of quantity and quality of one teacher’s language in face-to-face (FTF) and written electronic (WE) discussions with advanced English as a Subsequent Language (ESL) students. Transcripts from the two types of discussions were compared for complexity of teacher input and full story


Eager to practice together–virtually

September 22, 2008

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES & SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–Earlier this year a group of students from Dubai and South Korea found themselves hovering over a series of platforms suspended over a tranquil sea. When they saw some friends they wanted to talk to in English they landed and started to pick up on conversations and ask questions. full story


Web boom in English-obsessed Korea

September 19, 2008

SEOUL, KOREA–Armed with the world’s fastest Internet and an even stronger desire to learn English, South Koreans are using the latest Web resources to master a language that is the economic and emotional focus of their education. full story