Papers & Workshops



ESL in the Mainstream Goes Online: Challenges and Opportunities for Teachers Learning Together through Technology


Jean Clayton

Project Officer, Dept. of Education, Training and Employment, South Australia

This workshop explores challenges and design solutions in offering online learning. It will interest teachers and teacher-trainers seeking to develop integrated web-based language/literacy programs. We will look at ESL in the Mainstream, an internationally successful program in ESL/literacy pedagogy, which is now also available via the Internet. The challenge is to translate highly process-oriented workshops into interactive and collaborative learning online. We explore how course participants share learning experiences, ideas, questions and teaching resources through online forums and workplace activities, and how a 'virtual library' of readings, web resources and frequently asked questions, evolves into a total teaching and learning resource for ESL/literacy educators. This online course increases access to professional development and professional support for ESL/literacy, particularly in remote and isolated teaching contexts.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. workshop

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000

Equipment: Overhead Projector