I've been playing around with some of the Mandarin language opportunities
offered by Yaodong and Catherine through http://www.study.com.
complete beginner at the language and both teachers speak English which I
suppose is essential for me to get started. However, I try and track the
conversation in an excel dbase I've set up for that purpose and I find using
this technique I can converse to a limited extent in Mandarin by making use
of the dbase, which allows me to have quick access to the language I've just
learned and use it communicatively, with reasonable results.
There is also Rosetta Stone, which starts beginners off with pictures and
sounds and builds in complexity.
So given proper thought and first language support I would say it was
possible, and given even more thought and time and funding to pay someone to
do the thinking it should be possible to construct an environment whereby
learners could immerse themselves in an initially simple but increasingly
rich language context that would lead them into communicating using the
learning objects or people they found there.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Coghlan" <michaelc@...>
Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2007 8:27 AM
Subject: Re: [evonline2002_webheads] HELP - Desperate - EFL through
> Violeta asked:
> IS it possible to start with all-English if they're
> absolute beginners?
> I really don't think so Violeta. From previous experience I'd say
> that If students have good computer skills they can start solely
> online instruction at lower intermediate, but ideally, intermediate
> level students is the group I would start with.
> - Michael
> At 09:23 PM 10/2/2007, you wrote:
>>I'm turning to you for help since I know someone here will be able to
>>help me.This is a message I post to a SCOPE seminar today where I
>>explain the situation:
>>I have to give you an excellent piece of news, yesterday the head of
>>the department asked me to come up with a b-learning course in EFL.
>>I'm really nervous since they want this for "yesterday". The students
>>were supposed to start English classes last September, but since they
>>can't find any teacher willing to actually move to that city they
>>remembered me and put me in charge.
>>Could you please help me? Is it possible to teach English through
>>internet? They will have classes with a teacher that will travel once
>>every 15 days but the rest must be done so they spend one hour
>>studying with the computer.
>>I'm excited but starting to panic. Do you have any suggestions? I
>>set up a ning community to start and to buy time to start preparing
>>something better. IS it possible to start with all-English if they're
>>Well I'll be happy to receive your suggestions. Here's the ning
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