Adaptive Blended Learning: A case study of an English Communication Class
Date: Saturday, September 18th, 2021 Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speaker: Seiko Oguri and D. Patrick Allen (both of Global Education Center, Chubu University)
Since its beginning in 2014, the English Communications course developed for incoming robotics engineering freshmen has focused on trying to increase the effectiveness of the limited face-to-face time instructors have with students by creating an environment where students can study English anytime and anywhere, at their own individual pace. The solution to being limited to once-a-week classes has been a blended learning classroom that seeks to both motivate students to learn English while also maximizing the effectiveness of face-to-face lessons. The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 added new challenges to this model as classes had to be adapted for distance learning in a way that still motivated students to become autonomous English learners and help set a foundation for developing English communication skills. Now, as students are returning to face-to-face lessons the curriculum is continuing to adapt to the new norms of academic and social life. This study shares how experiences from conventional blended-learning classes were utilized to restructure a course for distance learning, and then re-adapted for a hybrid of distance and face-to-face learning while still maintaining the original goals of the curriculum.
Seiko Oguri, Professor of EFL at Global Education Center, Chubu University, Vice-director of the Center for Languages and Cultures (2010-2019). Has been involved in English curriculum design using the Internet since the late 1990s. Her recent research interest focuses on changing roles of teachers in the blended learning era and the significance of face-to-face classes.
D. Patrick Allen, Lecturer of EFL at Global Education Center, Chubu University. Director of the Ohio Program for English Language Teaching (OPELT) from 2014-2018. Research focuses on motivation, collaborative learning, critical thinking, and game-based learning.
Zoom information will be available on fukuokajalt.org the morning of the event. The session will start at 5 PM for informal networking and discussion.
Organization: Fukuoka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Fukuoka JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: 500 yen
Venue: Online: The Zoom link will be posted on the Fukuoka JALT website the day before
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