ERIC Number: ED479246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Using the Internet as an Instructional Tool: ESL Distance Learning.
This paper highlights the possibilities that Internet technology presents for the creation of an online, dynamic learning environment for language learners. Rather than simply use the Internet to deliver course content, the paper demonstrates the learning process can benefit from the interactive, self-directed, and self-authoring potential of the technology. The first section addresses problems with the use of the preset course delivery approach for language learning, which requires a process-based orientation. The second section discusses the importance of open negotiation between student and teacher to establish learning goals and application needs. The third section presents a process-based framework of instruction for language learning and academic achievement that includes various levels of communication, self-directed and self-selected language practice, and language production through speech practice and written form. The fourth section summarizes several suggested characteristics of dynamic and autonomous language learning for distance learners, including self-direction, interaction, instructor intervention, dialogue, and authentic language production. (Contains 17 references.) (MES)
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Distance Education, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Instructional Design, Learning Processes, Process Education, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teacher Student Relationship, Technology Uses in Education, Web Based Instruction, World Wide Web
For full text: http://www.mtsu.edu/~itconf/proceed03/99.html/.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Teaching, Learning, & Technology: The Challenge Continues. Proceedings of the Annual Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference (8th, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, March 30-April 1, 2003); see IR 022 027.