Date(s) - 26 Oct 2019
2:00 - 17:15
Blended Learning (BL) is a key concept in ELT. We know ‘why’ we want to blend: to combine the best of the classroom with online learning. However, BL is notoriously difficult to implement successfully. One reason is the regular emergence of new digital materials, tools and learning platforms, which make it difficult to know ‘how’ to blend.
This workshop consists of two parts: part one systematically explores the concept of BL, its roots, and what the research says. It examines the challenges for teachers and identifies a successful formula for ‘making Blended Learning work’. Part two provides practical ideas for implementing BL in language courses. The afternoon finishes with a presentation on future developments such as adaptive learning and virtual reality, and an open forum to discuss issues raised. Participants will leave with a useful framework to help them make informed choices, as well as ideas for using new technology in their own courses.
Pete Sharma is a training manager, consultant and ELT author. He has spent his career largely in business English and is now a pre-sessional lecturer in EAP (English for Academic Purposes) at Warwick University, UK. Pete is a well-known conference presenter. He has co-authored several books on using educational technology in language teaching. His latest book as co-author is Best Practices for Blended Learning (Pavilion Publishing and Media 2018).