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ERIC Number: ED542829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
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Searching for Bridges between Formal and Informal Language Education
Brebera, Pavel; Hlouskova, Jitka
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA) (Madrid, Spain, Oct 19-21, 2012)
Life in the contemporary society and ongoing globalisation processes result in growing demands on educators, including language teachers in higher education. The frequently accentuated so-called postmethod approach to foreign language teaching gives teachers a lot of freedom and flexibility but also creates a large space for various types of challenges and dilemmas. These are related to issues ranging from the inevitability to perceive teaching in a broader educational context to the necessity to internalise the lifelong learning concept, bringing along the categories of formal, non-formal and informal learning. Besides, there is no doubt that language learning/teaching processes are to a great extent facilitated by the rapid development of ICT. This paper is aimed at explaining the authors' beliefs related to the role of the teacher in curriculum development and the level of his/her control over the content of learning within the above specified context. The central part of the paper relies on examples illustrating the teaching and research activities carried out at the Language Centre of the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic, that are powered by the efforts to use elements of elearning for bridging the gaps between formal and informal language education. (Contains 1 figure.) [For the complete proceedings, "Proceedings of the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA) (Madrid, Spain, October 19-21, 2012)," see ED542606.]
International Association for the Development of the Information Society. e-mail: secretariat@iadis.org; Web site: http://www.iadisportal.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic