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Original Criteria:<br /><ul><li>clear syllabus
various levels
specialised programs
back-up teacher
quality materials
enough  lessons
basic computer needs
good value</li></li></ul><li>
Original Findings:<br /><ul><li>big variations
some encouraging signs
problems</li></ul> <br />Conclusion:<br /><ul><li>cyber-schools inferior</li></li></ul><li>My approach:<br /> <br /><ul><l...
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Evaluating Online EFL Courses - The Learners' Dilemma


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Online learners of English as a foreign language (EFL) face many unique issues in choosing which program to study. The present paper begins with a review of criteria developed previously, and reassesses these based on subsequent pedagogical and technological innovations, particularly the evolution of Web 2.0 tools and “communicative language teaching” approaches. A new set of criteria were then applied to programs reviewed previously and to newer courses. These exposed ongoing problems of providers failing to adopt newer approaches despite most being available at no cost, a lack of standards, best practice models and external accreditation, and neglect in establishing a sense of community through enhanced student-teacher and student-student communication, which in turn impacts student motivation and the sense of isolation. The author suggests that more research effort it needed to encourage industry players to move forward, and to reassure learners of the quality and value for money of programs they may choose to complete.

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Evaluating Online EFL Courses - The Learners' Dilemma

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  3. 3. Original Criteria:<br /><ul><li>clear syllabus
  4. 4. various levels
  5. 5. specialised programs
  6. 6. assessment
  7. 7. back-up teacher
  8. 8. quality materials
  9. 9. enough lessons
  10. 10. basic computer needs
  11. 11. good value</li></li></ul><li>
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  13. 13. Original Findings:<br /><ul><li>big variations
  14. 14. some encouraging signs
  15. 15. problems</li></ul> <br />Conclusion:<br /><ul><li>cyber-schools inferior</li></li></ul><li>My approach:<br /> <br /><ul><li>see if any changes</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>newer technology and approaches</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>earlier sites</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>newer sites</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>now meeting the criteria?</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>need new criteria?</li></li></ul><li>
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  20. 20. Newer CLT Approaches:<br /> <br /><ul><li>learner input</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>interaction</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>skills building</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>varied assessment</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>action research</li></li></ul><li>
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  23. 23. Read my full paper <br />“Evaluating Online EFL Courses: The Learners’ Dilemma”<br />by clicking on this link:<br /><br />
  24. 24. Please leave a comment.<br />