Thomas, Michael (2013) TBLT in Business English Communication: An Approach for Evaluating Adobe Connect and Second Life in a Blended Language Learning Format. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT), 3 (1). pp. 73-89. ISSN 2155-7098
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/ijcallt.2013010105
Research on the use of task-based language teaching (TBLT) with digital technologies has increased over the last few years but few studies have focused specifically on its use with blended learning involving international undergraduate learners studying in a UK higher education context. This paper explores the role of a task-based approach with international students learning business communication in English with a focus on the use of two collaborative digital technologies to aid blended learning: the video conferencing software Adobe Connect and the virtual world of Second Life. The study was guided by two research questions: What are the strengths and challenges presented by each application in terms of aiding authentic task completion? How can the applications be used to support task-based learning in a blended format? A year-long study with students at a UK university utilised semi-structured interviews, observations and in-world ethnography. The research highlights the importance of a number of design principles necessary for effective task-based learning in a blended approach and calls for more research on the type of support required by international undergraduates to aid them fulfil their potential in foreign language environments.
|Subjects:||Linguistics, classics & related subjects > English literature|
|Schools:||Faculty of Culture & the Creative Industries > School of Languages and Global Studies|
|Deposited By:||Helen Cooper|
|Deposited On:||01 Mar 2013 15:10|
|Last Modified:||17 May 2016 12:39|
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