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Murugaiah, Puvaneswary; Thang, Siew Ming – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2010
Technology has brought tremendous advancements in online education, spurring transformations in online pedagogical practices. Online learning in the past was passive, using the traditional teacher-centred approach. However, with the tools available today, it can be active, collaborative, and meaningful. A well-developed task can impel learners to…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Distance Education, Online Courses, Foreign Countries
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Baurain, Bradley – TESOL Journal, 2010
In this article, the author talks about a diary project that arose from a situation that was both an opportunity and a challenge. While teaching in Vietnam in the spring of 2004, the author received an invitation from the national university in Hanoi. The letter asked him to teach there and specifically to develop a postgraduate course called…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Teacher Educators, Diaries, English (Second Language)
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Shively, Rachel L. – Foreign Language Annals, 2010
With its focus on the use of language forms in cultural context, the study of pragmatics can be a valuable component in a program that prepares students to learn both language and culture in study abroad. The goal of the present study is to propose a model for pragmatic instruction in study abroad that fosters both intercultural competence and…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Ethnography, Language Skills, Cultural Context
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Lappalainen, P. – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2010
The changes facing industries are necessitating a concomitant change in university curriculum. Before instigating a reform, however, education providers need to acquire an understanding of the most pertinent development needs essential for filling industrial competence gaps. The Language Centre at the Helsinki University of Technology in Finland…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Problem Based Learning, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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Lee, Benny P. H. – Language Teaching, 2010
The National Institute of Education in Singapore (which is part of the Nanyang Technological University) is the leading national pre-service and in-service teacher training tertiary institution. It offers diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The academic departments are called Academic Groups (AGs). The English Language and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Hamilton, Robert – Contemporary Issues in Education Research, 2010
Online technology and streaming video have the potential to generate tremendous interest and motivation in ESL/EFL students. Unfortunately, as the basis for a task-based language teaching (TBLT) program, such technology often places students in a passive position and limits inter-student communication. This paper describes a successful TBLT course…
Descriptors: Video Technology, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Abrar-Ul-Hassan, Shahid – CATESOL Journal, 2010
Independent lexical development initiatives empower and equip language learners with skills to boost their lexical repertoires. Language instructors can train learners to be autonomous word learners. A sample activity, namely word of the day, is presented in this article. The activity is an independent lexical learning task, which aims to develop…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Hayati, Nur – TEFLIN Journal: A publication on the teaching and learning of English, 2010
Critical pedagogy is a teaching approach that aims to develop students' critical thinking, political and social awareness, and self esteem through dialogue learning and reflection. Related to the teaching of EFL, this pedagogy holds the potential to empower non native English speaking teachers (NNESTs) when incorporated into English teacher…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Solares-Altamirano, María Elena – International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, 2010
The importance of teachers in the success of Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) is unquestionable. However, designing a teacher course on TBLT raises many questions concerning "what" and "how" it can be implemented. Can teachers' professional development be promoted through Task-Based Instruction (TBI)? This paper explores…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Task Analysis, Online Courses, Teaching Methods
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