Spotlight on Blended Language Learning: A frontier beyond learner autonomy and computer assisted language learning

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    Abstract

    This paper offers key points to consider in Blended Language Learning (BLL) environments, defined as teaching and learning environments in which technology plays a role. The pedagogical rationale behind BLL is the desire to allow for a higher degree of learner independence in the teaching and learning of second/foreign languages. Based on an empirical study, the paper suggests the following key points for teachers, researchers and administrative staff in charge of implementing technology and a higher degree of learner independence: complementarity, variety of media, class community, flexibility as regards time and space, choice, change of roles, high-quality technology-enhanced materials, technical support, and, most importantly, time for students and teacher to adapt to and develop in the BLL environment. The paper argues that BLL deserves more attention in future research as a promising way of truly integrating (computer) technology and independent learning into everyday second and foreign language learning and teaching
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationILA (Independent Learning Association) Japan 2007 Conference Proceedings
    Subtitle of host publicationExploring Theory, Enhancing Practice: Autonomy Across the Disciplines
    EditorsM Carroll, D Castillo, LCooker, K Irie
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherAssociation for Academic Language and Learning
    Pages1-13
    Number of pages13
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventILA (Independent Learning Association) Japan 2007 Conference - Chiba, Japan
    Duration: 1 Oct 2007 → …

    Publication series

    NameIndependent learning Association Conference Proceedings
    PublisherAssociation for Academic Language and Learning
    ISSN (Electronic)2073-7513

    Conference

    ConferenceILA (Independent Learning Association) Japan 2007 Conference
    CountryJapan
    CityChiba
    Period1/10/07 → …

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