E-learning English: bringing the baton to the doorstep

Otto, Helen E-learning English: bringing the baton to the doorstep. CLESOL 2014: 14th National Conference for Community Languages and ESOL: Essentials for Learning and Teaching:Ko te Pū, ko te Ako, Wellington, NZ, 11– 13 July, 2014., Wellington, New Zealand, 11 - 13 July, 2014.

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A new learning space was created for 40 Malay residents from a disadvantaged community. For three months the residents attended English language lessons in a 40-foot air-conditioned container in their community’s playground. Blended, place-based delivery enabled the learners with varying English competencies, from a range of ages and ethnicities, to attend the lessons. The programme evolved from the cooperation of organisations and government agencies in Malaysia and New Zealand. The communicative face-to-face and task-based online lesson content was developed and administered in New Zealand and delivered by teachers under direction in Malaysia. The Special Innovation Unit (UNIK), an agency of the Malaysian government, identified the recipient community for the pilot programme. Then, through a consultative process of ‘walking, working and winning’ with the community and its leaders, while also combining resources and expertise with practicality, resourcefulness and creativity, a successful model for delivering an English language programme evolved.

Item Type:Paper presented at a conference, workshop or other event, and published in the proceedings
Keywords that describe the item:English language, e-learning, blended learning, place-based learning, web-based learning, task-based, Malaysia
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PE English
ID Code:4265
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