Blending Web 2.0 tools in the English language classroom
Marrakech 1st International ICT Conference 8-11 Feb 1202 Blending web 2.0 tools in the English language classroom Hala Salih Mohammed Nur (MA/PhD) English Language Institute University of Khartoum
What’s all the fuss about computers?• Calvin: If I had a computer, I ‘am sure I’d get better grades on my book reports.• Dad: But still you have to read the books and tell the computer what you want to say,…• Calvin: Man, what’s all the fuss about computers?? (Watterson, 1995)
Challenges facing the teaching of English language• Super large classes (100-300)• Limited time allocated to English language classes (2 hours/15 weeks)• Mixed-ability classes.• No use of English outside the classroom.• Great need for a more proficient graduates in the work market.(B)
Did you benefit from using theinternet in your study of English?80% 73%70%60%50%40%30% 27%20%10%0% Yes No
Do you prefer to continue using the internet to learn English?90%80% 79%70%60%50%40%30% 21%20%10%0% Yes No
Do you prefer to work in groups?70% 64%60%50%40% 36%30%20%10%0% Yes No
Did you find it difficult to use theinternet to learn English?70% 60%60%50% 40%40%30%20%10%0% Yes No
Access to the internet• Home 21%• Internet Café 29%• University Network 45%• No access 5%
What is blended teaching?Blended Learning refers to amixing of different learningenvironments. The phrase hasmany specific meanings basedupon the context in which it isused. A blended learning approachcan combine face-to-faceinstruction with computer-mediated instruction.
Advantages of Blended Learning• It can accommodate a range of learning styles.• It involves interaction between the learner and instructor.• It can facilitate extensive learner to learner interactions• It can increase the pace of learning because its on demand learning - and enables the training of larger numbers of people in shorter periods of time than is possible with classroom training.• It can make learning more relevant by allowing for learning in context.
Characteristics of PBL• Builds on previous work;• Integrates speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills;• Incorporates collaborative team work, problem solving, negotiating and other interpersonal skills;• Requires learners to engage in independent work;• Challenges learners to use English in new and different contexts outside the class;• Involves learners in choosing the focus of the project and in the planning process;• Engages learners in acquiring new information that is important to them;• Leads to clear outcomes; and• Incorporates self-evaluation, peer evaluation, and teacher evaluation.
Observed Results*Increase in students motivation.*Use of target language outside classroom.*Use of target language in meaningful activities.*Students take responsibility of their own learning.*Improved language proficiency
“Give a student a language course, and you teach thestudent for a semester. Teach a student to become anautonomous technology-assisted languagelearner, and you teach the student for a lifetime.”(Gary Cziko, 2005)