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Weekly Readings 




These are the weekly readings for the session. Once you have read the articles, please go to our forum to given your comments.






Week 1


1.  Hints for learning online              http://web.archive.org/web/19980624125332/http://www.open.uoguelph.ca/resources/skills/hints.html

2.  What makes a successful student http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/tutorials/pedagogy/StudentProfile.asp



Week 2

Almeida d'Eça, T. (2004). Online Communication Tools that Promote Language Learning. Polifonia, pdf.

This article is based on my year-and-a-half experience with the Webheads in Action, an online community of practice... After referring the main features of each tool (Tapped In, Yahoo Messenger and Yahoo Groups), as well as some advantages, disadvantages and practical applications to the teaching-learning process and to online professional development, the article ends with advice and conclusions based on my practical experience with the Webheads


Chun Lai and Yong Zhao. Noticing and Text Based Chat, Language Learning & Technology Vol.10, No.3, September 2006, pp. 102-120 This study examined the capacity of text-based online chat to promote learners’ noticing of their problematic language productions and of the interactional feedback from their interlocutors 


Gonzalez, D. & Esteves, L. (2006).  Enhancing Collaboration Through Chat in ESP: A Conversation Analysis. IATEFL Poland Computer SIG Journal,May 2006].Chat rooms are ideal spaces for interaction, collaboration and negotiation of meaning, crucial aspects in language learning. However, they have not been fully exploited in language teaching. This study shows the results of a conversation analysis of 30 transcriptions of chat sessions where architecture students were carrying out collaborative group work. The researchers wanted to discover the discourse patterns and conversational strategies used by the students in this online context to study their possible repercussions in English learning. The results seem to indicate that the students were building the kind of discourse that is thought to lead to language learning. 



Week 3

1 - BBC Resources/teachingEnglish  Blogging for ELT   http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/articles/blogging-elt

2 - BBC Resources/teachingEnglish  Podcasting for ELT  http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/articles/podcasting

3 - Thomas N. Robb from Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan   Podcasting for ELT--What, Why and How?  






Week 4


(2006). 7 things you should know about ... Virtual Meetings Educause Learning Initiative February.

Online virtual meetings are real-time interactions that take place over the Internet using features such as audio and video, chat tools, and application sharing.


Allison, D., Crichton, S. & Labonte, R. (2003). Moderating Tips for Synchronous Learning Using Virtual Classroom Technologies Odyssey Learning Systems Inc.

One of the key mechanisms for enhancing online learning is computer conferencing - human-to-human communication with the computer acting as a mediating device.




Week 5


Creating Materials Online with Free Teacher Tools, by María Isabel Pérez Torres

Pérez, I. (2003). Creating Materials Online with Free Teacher Tools. TESOL Spain, Newsletter 2003.

This article focuses on this utility of the Internet. Some sites are presented where teachers can easily design activities and exercises online, such as quizzes, tests, puzzles or surveys, which require no advanced computer skills. Included are only those tools that are free for educational use for obvious reasons.


A short note: 

 2 of the sites mentioned in the article no longer exist; one is Headline Makers    http://lang.swarthmore.edu/makers/index.htm

when you click on tje link you get the message: The server at lang.swarthmore.edu is taking too

long to respond.     *   The site could be temporarily unavailable...

the other is Trackstar   http://trackstar.hprtec.org/

the link takes us to a site about Online Casino and Gambling

I suppose the present site is :





Week 6


Suggested Readings  (of a very practical nature)

They include articles on Blended Learning and a presentation on Communities of Practice (CoPs).

1. Carman, J. M. (2002). Blended Learning Design: Five Key Ingredients. Knowledge Net

2. E-Learning Resources (2005). Blended Learning.

3. Gonzalez, D. (2005). Blended Learning Offers the Best of Both Worlds. Essential Teacher, Dec. 2005. (.pdf)

4. Hunter, M. (2006). Are You on the PD Cybertrain or Still Hesitating? Teaching English with Technology 6 (3). IATEFL Poland.

5. Rossett, A., Douglis, F., & Frazee, R.V.(2003). Strategies for Building Blended Learning. Learning Circuits.

6. Singh, H. (2003 ). Building Effective Blended Learning Programs (pdf). Educational Technology, Volume 43, Number 6, pp. 51-54.


Optional Readings

1. Almeida d'Eça, T. (2006). Going Global with the Webheads in Action. Teaching English with Technology, Aug. 2006.

2. Graham, C. A. (2005). Blended Learning Systems: Definition, Current Trends, and Future Directions. In Bonk, C. J. & Graham, C. R. (Eds.). (in press). Handbook of blended learning: Global Perspectives, local designs. San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer Publishing. (esp. pp. 1-6)(.pdf)

3. Rovai, A. P. (2002). Building a Sense of Community at a Distance (pdf). IRRODL, Apr. 2002. Same reading in html format

4. Teaching-Learning Center (2002 ). Hybrid Classes: Maximizing Resources and Student Learning.


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