Technology-Mediated Language Training: Developing and Assessing a Module for a Blended Curriculum for Newcomers

McLellan, G., Kartchava, E., & Rodgers, M. (2021). Technology-Mediated Language Training: Developing and Assessing a Module for a Blended Curriculum for Newcomers. Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 24(2), 177–202.

This paper reports on a study done in partnership with a Canadian program that includes networking, employment and second language training. It investigates the development of a blended second language curriculum for high beginner learners employed in customer service, using a task-based framework. The study looked specifically at learners who cannot consistently attend face-to-face classes and therefore provided support on mobile devices for convenient access when needed. Newcomers in the program meet with a volunteer teacher weekly with a focus on workplace language, but there was a need for more occupation-specific language training needed in addition to these meetings with the understanding that it would build on the face-to-face meetings.

The paper includes a literature review of Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Mobile-Assisted Language Learning, Technology-Mediated Task-Based Language Teaching and Needs Analysis and Technology-Mediated TBLT. This is followed by a description of a module focused on greetings and requests used in customer service, with examples of questions, video examples and comments from learners and teachers.

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https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/CJAL/article/view/31533

Teaching in Covid-19 Times: Challenges, innovations, solutions, and opportunities

Cummings,J., Sturm,M., Lawrence,G., Avram, A. & McBride, R. (2021).
Teaching in Covid-19 Times: Challenges, innovations, solutions, and opportunities. TESL Contact, 47,1(2021):21-35

This article from TESL Ontario’s Contact Magazine discusses the issues language teachers have faced globally and in Canada because of school closures and lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than presenting only challenges, the authors report on innovations, solutions and opportunities that have arisen during this time. A case study of a LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) educator showcases their principled approach to enhance student engagement in an online environment. The article ends with recommendations to leverage the benefits of teaching and learning online, including effective technology-mediated teacher education.

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http://contact.teslontario.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Cummings-et-al.-2021.pdf

The What, Why, Who and How of Blended Learning for Adult Basic Skills Learners

Rosen, D., Vanek, J. The What, Why, Who and How of Blended Learning for Adult Basic Skills Learners. New York, New Readers Press, 2020.

This publication offers a practical and Clear Language guide to the implementation of a Blended Learning model in adult education programs. The guide is addressed to educators, program coordinators and curriculum developers. The guide was developed in the United States where adult basic education programs include language programs for immigrants, e.g., ESL, ESOL and ELL.  There are specific examples for blended language learning throughout the guide.

This useful guide is divided into 9 sections: 

Introduction – a general description of the contents. 

What is blended learning? –  a definition and explanation of blended learning in the context of adult learning. 

Why use a blended learning approach? – a comprehensive discussion and explanation of the features and benefits of blended learning. 

Getting Started – a clear explanation of the issues to be considered when planning the implementation of a blended learning approach. 

What does blended learning look like – a set of case studies from a range of programs in the U.S., describing the experiences of instructors and learning in working with blended learning. 

What online resources work with blended learning? –  strategies to locate and use online resources in a blended learning environment. 

What are some common challenges in implementing blended learning? – a discussion, based on interactions with instructors and observation of blended learning in adult learning settings, of the challenges faced by instructors, coordinators and learners in implementing blended learning. 

Conclusion – a short summary of the contents of the guide. 

Appendices – lists of online resources for further reading and exploration. 

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