Optimizing Language Learning Through Designing Blended Teaching
Thursday, March 29 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Location: Edison Ballroom D
Presider: Abrar Almoosa, University of Northern Colorado, United States
Abstract: The TESOL Technology Standards, the ISTE and UNESCO Standards have all emphasized that teachers should be able to design learning activities using technology properly to meet curricular objectives. This article describes one possible way of designing a blended teaching project to achieve students’ language production in EFL classrooms, based on the basic interpretation and innovative implementation of the standards. A guideline including three essential elements and a model including five elements were used through the whole process. The mobile app was used as the technology tool to enhance students’ development of language competencies --reading, writing, speaking, and listening, through which students engaged themselves in thinking, discussion, interaction by solo work, group work and whole class work via the mobile app platform and the face-to-face classroom. Conclusion is made that the instructor and students should co-create and design the teaching so as to best achieve the learning outcomes.