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CMC in a distance English course for school teachers: a case study Katherine Ackerley & Paula De Waal University of Padova “in language learning, distance learning seems almost a contradiction – language is communication, how can you learn it in isolation?”
Katherine Ackerley & Paula De Waal
University of Padova
With or without webcam
Speakers must take turns
Possibility to book turns
All participants can be seen simultaneously
Flashboard can be used:
to post pictures
to write words
to draw things
All participants can contribute to Flashboard
Allows selection and replay of an individual participant
Allows review of kind of interaction and turn-taking
Facilitates monitoring of participation, performance & teacher -talking-time
Writing in the forum helps me learn English
FlashMeetings help me learn to speak English
I feel at ease writing in English in the forum
I feel at ease speaking in English in FlashMeetings
the flashMeeting was wery interesting!!It is possible to take part of next flashmeeting?I like spiking whit you!!
our meeting was very interesting and our problems were funny.
our meeting has "mitico" and very funny! Now I 'm not scared anymore.
I'm sorry for my mistakes and for my giggles. I had a laugh " di gusto "!!!
Tanks every body for our meeting! It was very interesting and very funny!
The activities in the forum promote collaborative learning
Reading my classmates’ messages help me learn English
Listening to my classmates in FlashMeeting is useful for my language learning
What I study in the online course helps me to express myself in the forum
What I study in the online course helps me to express myself in the FlashMeetings
The activities in the forum help me prepare for the FlashMeetings
FlashMeetings give me motivation to follow the course
a challenge 2
not very collaborative 1
too much autonomy 1
hard work 11
well-structured/ organised 6
Not all tutors use Flashboard during Flashmeetings
Presentation of new vocabulary
Use of photos as prompts
Students enjoy asking each other questions about each other’s pictures
Use of personal photos gives students something real to talk about
Can be disorientating as it distracts students from their speaking turn
For guessing games
Prompts for speaking drills
To answer student queries without interrupting oral production