ERIC Number: ED447298
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-10
Getting Connected: Online Learning for the EFL [English as a Foreign Language] Professional.
Joffe, Linda S.
Distance learning is not a new phenomenon; online learning is, however, a new, exciting form of distance education. As with all novel ideas, online learning has vehement opponents and supporters, but it is an inevitable step in university instruction. Many online degree and certificate programs are currently available. Adversaries of online learning suggest that the loss of physical interaction will lead to less learning taking place. Another fear is an increased dropout rate due to the lack of self-motivation and time-management skills. An additional concern is that inadequate computer/Internet access renders programs useless. Instructors in traditional universities wish education to continue to be traditional. For the English as a foreign language (EFL) professional, however, an online MA TESOL program negates the arguments discussed and offers additional benefits not found in a traditional university. Time and distance are no longer obstacles to learning. Ideas, questions, and individual discoveries are not restricted to a fixed contact time. Online learning gives students these two educations: in the particular subject matter and in computer skills. Online learning allows for a virtual classroom of students from around the globe who can offer relevant insights into myriad cultures. Unfortunately, for the EFL professional (one of the most relevant candidates for this type of education mode) no such online degree exists. (Contains 22 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Computer Literacy, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Uses in Education, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Distance Education, Educational Technology, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Integrated Learning Systems, Masters Programs, Online Courses, Professional Education, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Cross-Roads of the New Millennium. Proceedings of the Technological Education and National Development (TEND) Conference (2nd, April 8-10, 2000, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates); see CE 080 883.