AVIVA UENO (MEIJI GAKUIN UNIVERSITY)

INCREASING LEARNER-INSTRUCTOR INTERACTION THROUGH BLENDED LEARNING : COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION IN ELT

Maximizing opportunities for learners to communicate with their instructors in EFL classes with high learner-to-instructor ratios is challenging. However, with the aid of technology, learners can directly interact with their instructor, making language learning more effective and interesting. This presentation will report on a blended academic English program that uses Skype to connect learners with instructors in the Philippines as part of their required academic English course. Through this program, learners develop their speaking and listening skills with their on-line instructor and their reading and writing skills with their on-site instructor. The content of the program, now in its seventh year at a private university in eastern Japan, will be discussed. Learners’ achievements based on surveys, assessments and TOEFL scores will be reported on. This presentation will be of interest to educators who are looking for innovative ways to use technology to better address the needs of their language learners.

Aviva Ueno is an assistant professor in the Faculty of International Studies at Meiji Gakuin University in Yokohama, Japan. Her main areas of interest are using technology to facilitate language acquisition, maintaining learner motivation and promoting reflective practice. She holds a Masters in TESOL from Anaheim University.