ERIC Number: ED482585
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Video-Based Distance Education for Adult English Language Learners. ERIC Brief.
Ramirez, Sylvia; Savage, K. Lynn
This brief identifies advantages and challenges to using video-based distance education for adult English language learners (ELLs), describing implementation alternatives and suggesting practical implementation strategies. Advantages include multiple mentoring opportunities and the ability to reach more learners. Challenges include identifying learners who can succeed at a distance, training teachers, funding, and assessment and accountability. Implementing video-based distance education involves accessing videos and providing instructional support. Suggestions for implementation include using forms (goal setting forms, study plan forms, and learner logs) and building community among learners to prevent learner isolation. Evaluation studies provide evidence that video-based distance education programs are popular with students and attract many who may be unwilling or unable to attend traditional classes. Teachers report that students in video-based distance education programs make education gains. However, more rigorous research with control groups and standardized pre- and post-testing procedures are recommended. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education.) (Contains 21 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, English (Second Language), Internet, Nontraditional Students, Teaching Methods, Videotape Recordings
National Center for ESL Literacy Education, Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20016-1859. Tel: 202-362-0700; Fax: 202-362-3740; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.cal.org.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.