Re: [evonline2002_webheads] Re: Use a coursebook or not? - Online Business English exam course
- 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. :-)
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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
> Sorry that was so long. It was a way of explaining how I did not use a
> coursebook. Hope it helps.
- Hi Mary, Barbara, Elisabeth and all
Thanks so much for the valuable information and suggestions you have shared! I have bookmarked them all and I am sure they will come in handy at some point even if we decide to use a coursebook.
@Mary, I don't have to use specific material. The owner of the school that I will design this course for and I will decide together what material to use. We only need to make sure that it covers everything the participants need for the exam (an international business English exam).
The course will be delivered completely online with 6 -8 synchronous sessions a week and about the same amount of asynchronous self-study time over a period of 3 months. There will be a lot of project work involved.
The idea is to make the course available under a Creative Commons licence. If we use CC material, we can make everything available.
@Elisabeth, I agree with you that creating all the material from scratch is extremely time-consuming and not an easy task. One reason why we might want to do it anyway is that the complete course is online and there are two issues here. Firstly, the copyright issues. We can't simply use the content of the book online even if we change the format. Secondly, although all students would have a copy of the book, we would have to make some material available in a digital format.
If we used existing online material, this would save us a lot of time. But we would have to spend a lot of time finding appropriate material covering all exam topics and language at the appropriate level. So, there are pros and cons for both solutions.
@Anne, thanks so much for this detailed account of your course. Great work!
I didn't know Smart FM. Looks useful. I also like the idea of inviting guests to classes. You were especially lucky to have someone like Tere :)
Thanks again for your help!