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Eurocall Conference Granada September 4-7, 2006 Large scale implementation of blended language learning environments (BLLE) Alessandra Corda, Petra Heck Universiteit Leiden / Tilburg University. General background

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Eurocall conference granada september 4 7 2006

  • Eurocall Conference

  • Granada

  • September 4-7, 2006

  • Large scale implementation of blended language learning environments

  • (BLLE)

    • Alessandra Corda, Petra Heck

    • Universiteit Leiden / Tilburg University


Eurocall conference granada september 4 7 2006

  • General background

    • English: language of instruction in almost all MA courses in the Netherlands (from 2006-2007)

    • English competence level Dutch students: C1 receptive skills, B1 productive skills

    • International students: generally lower level

    • Great demand for academic English courses (both students and staff)

      • focus on speaking and writing

      • need for differentiation


Eurocall conference granada september 4 7 2006

  • The INTUIT project (I)

    • 1-1-2006 - 31-12-2007

    • 6 university language centres

    • Development of an ICT enriched learning environment to support English for academic purposes

    • No distance learning, blended learning

    • Target group: 10,000 students every year

    • 2006: 12 pilot projects, 2007: large scale implementation


Eurocall conference granada september 4 7 2006

  • The INTUIT project (II)

  • Pedagogical aims: implementation Common European Framework and autonomous language learning

  • Pilots:

    • Diagnostic testing (Dialang and Set 10)

    • Language practice (Ellips and Academic Word List)

    • Guidance (web based language portfolio)

  • Blackboard


Eurocall conference granada september 4 7 2006

  • Success and failure factors

  • Implementation BLLE influenced by:

  • Relation between computer-supported and non computer-supported activities

  • Teacher professional development

  • Technical constraints


Eurocall conference granada september 4 7 2006

  • Relation between computer-supported and non-computer supported activities

  • On the basis of which factors do teachers decide which activities should be supported by the computer?


Eurocall conference granada september 4 7 2006

  • Computer-supported vs non computer supported activities

  • Added value computer:

    • “tutor” function (interactive exercises; focus on receptive skills)

    • test function

    • organizational function (teacher centered: Blackboard)

  • But: focus on productive skills  added value computer:

    • “tool” function (support for speaking skills)

    • portfolio function (student centered)


Eurocall conference granada september 4 7 2006

  • Relation between computer-supported and non-computer supported activities

  • Which computer-supported activities are perceived to be most effective by teachers and students, and why?


Eurocall conference granada september 4 7 2006

  • Grammar

    • diagnostic interactive tests (Blackboard);

    • on the basis of the results students are advised to do specific interactive exercises (Ellips)

  • Why? Differentiation; more efficient use of contact hours. Remedial teaching.

  • Speaking skills:

    • self assessment through can-do statements portfolio with recorded monologues

    • self reflection, feedback

  • Why? Differentiation; stimulating autonomous learning and self reflection


Eurocall conference granada september 4 7 2006

  • Relation between computer-supported and non-computer supported activities

  • For which functions is the computer now mostly used and why?


Eurocall conference granada september 4 7 2006

  • Use of ICT at the start of the project

    • 2 Language Centers (LC): only links

    • 2 LC: tests (QPT, Dialang), digital language lab

    • 2 LC: Blackboard, interactive exercise (1 LC: also digital language lab)


Eurocall conference granada september 4 7 2006

  • For which functions is the computer now mostly used and why?

    • Placement and diagnostic testing (also web based: SET 10, Dialang)

    • Digital language labs; Blackboard; interactive exercises

    • Language portfolio

    • Why?

    • time saving

    • efficiency


Eurocall conference granada september 4 7 2006

  • Conclusion

  • New pedagogy under construction …


Eurocall conference granada september 4 7 2006

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