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

  Abstract:
 
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



learning
RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000

Equipment: Overhead Projector