Using SCOPIA for teaching and learning English as an Additional Language: Pedogogical and technological considerations

Lawrence, Richard and Chang, Cathy (2012) Using SCOPIA for teaching and learning English as an Additional Language: Pedogogical and technological considerations. In: ICEL 2012: 7th International Conference on E-Learning, 21-22 June, 2012, Hong Kong, China.

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There is an increasing demand for EAL (English as an Additional Language) blended and distance learning around the world. SCOPIA Desktop, a web browser plug-in, allows teachers and students in different places to meet in a virtual conference room, using standard internet connections, with video and audio connections. Drawing on their experience of using SCOPIA for teaching and learning English as an Additional Language with students in Japan, from New Zealand, the authors report on their use of SCOPIA as a teaching and learning tool, with reference to both technical and pedagogical issues. Conveying the subtleties of a communicative course via SCOPIA is dependent on excellent picture and sound quality. A document camera can enable sharing of text resources and also replace the use of the whiteboard but this can tend to slow teaching significantly. Pedagogically, the tutor/moderator cannot simply reproduce classroom teaching in a videoconferencing session: the technology makes certain learning activities possible, yet also limits the tutor in a number of ways. Successful use of videoconferencing technology for language learning requires thorough knowledge of and familiarity with the technology, as clear teaching and learning objectives, a pedagogical strategy and a good rapport amongst the participants for willing and effective language interaction and learning. The second part of the paper includes a summary of the responses of three participants in research on the use of SCOPIA, following their use of SCOPIA over a recent period in 2011 and 2012. Some difficulties and limitations are indicated in this section.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords that describe the item:Videoconferencing, SCOPIA Desktop, KAREN, Distance Language Education, EAL, Blended learning
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions:Corporate > Library
Schools > Centre for Languages
ID Code:2249
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