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24376Re: [evonline2002_webheads] Re: Use a coursebook or not? - Online Business English exam course

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  • Teresa Almeida d'Eca
    Dec 2, 2009
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      Dear Anne,

      Thank you for the lovely "public thank you"! I had a wonderful time and was
      amazed at how at ease they felt with me, especially two of them. And, yes,
      we are to continue... They are enthusiastic and interested. :-)

      Hugs, Teresa

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      From: "Foxdenuk" <af@...>
      Sent: Tuesday, December 01, 2009 8:32 AM

      > Hi Nergiz
      > I have just yesterday finished a blended learning business English course
      > which was an experiment to find out whether people would like to learn 50%
      > in the classroom and 50% online.These were definitely in the
      > pre-intermediate category.
      > It was number 6 which my group found most daunting and I can quite
      > understand why. The idea was that they should be contacting people via
      > Skype as advocated by Jason West of Languages out There. I wanted them to
      > record their conversations but Vista gives all sorts of problems in sound
      > recording and even a trustworthy program such as Pamela does not work
      > properly. However, my secret weapon was Teresa d'eca Almeida who posted a
      > lovely friendly welcoming message on Voxopop and by week 2 I had one
      > volunteer who was so enthusiastic that by week 3 she had gathered 2 or 3
      > more volunteers and when we were doing the evaluation of the course
      > yesterday, I heard that this group of 3 or 4 intended to continue talking
      > with Teresa through Skype.
      > So this long post is also a public thank you to Tere and a way of setting
      > her contribution in the context of the whole course.If I were to repeat
      > this I would need to find a more sustainable way of encouraging my
      > learners to make those contacts. I would very much like to share Jason
      > West's enthusiasm for this approach but cannot yet say that it works for
      > me.
      > ...
      > Sorry that was so long. It was a way of explaining how I did not use a
      > coursebook. Hope it helps.
      > Anne
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