Free technology to promote flexible learning

Sampson, Peter (2010) Free technology to promote flexible learning. EA Journal, 26 (1). pp. 83-90. ISSN 1449-4496

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Learners lead complicated lives. Many juggle work and family commitments on top of their classroom studies. A flexible approach to learning enables these learners to continue learning in their own time. Such an approach may be implemented by giving learners choices (Collis & Moonen, 2003). In recognition of this, courses that blend face-to-face class time with out of class learning opportunities are becoming more commonplace in education. Even so, encouraging learning in a number of contexts is not new to teachers of English as a second language. Traditionally, learners have been encouraged to practice new language with their friends and neighbours; extensive reading is encouraged out of class; homework is given that allows learners to reinforce their learning when class is over. But what about the opportunities offered by ICT? The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) makes flexible learning more feasible. So how can English language teachers take advantage of ICT to offer their class a more flexible learning experience?

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords that describe the item:flexible learning, ICT free
Subjects:L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P 94.7 Interpersonal communication
Divisions:Corporate > Learning Works
ID Code:856
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