Online English Learning: Resources, Activities and Evidence

JALT Group: 
Event Speaker: 
Paul Raine
Fee for JALT members: 
free
Fee for non-JALT members: 
1,000 yen
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

As English language teachers, our day-to-day profession consists of three main strands: creating resources, administering activities, and gathering evidence of learning from students. These three strands tend to be present no matter what theoretical approach to teaching we adopt.

In recent years, we are seeing a move toward online learning for a vast array subjects, and language learning is no exception. Learner Management Systems (LMS) such as Moodle are used by the majority of academic institutions, and there are a wide range of online resources and activities available to English language learners.

There has yet to emerge, however, an online platform designed specifically for teachers and learners of English as a Foreign Language. Such a platform should of course provide class management functions, and digital resource distribution facilities. However, it should also provide digital activities specifically geared toward learning EFL, and a way for teachers to track their students progress in these activities. These activities should take advantage of the latest web technologies, including text-to-speech and speech recognition.

This is where Apps 4 EFL (http://www.apps4efl.com) steps in. Apps 4 EFL is a free, cross-device compatible Web Based Language Learning (WBLL) platform developed by the presenter. It aims to bring a range of online English learning activities under one roof, and allow students to study autonomously at any time, in any place, whilst also allowing teachers to track and control their students' learning in detail.

This event is co-sponsored by the JALT CALL SIG.