Adult Settlement Blended & Online Language Training:
What are the pros and cons of blended or online learning? Are there practical ways to introduce technology to the classroom? What impact can Web 2.0 have on program flexibility and learner outcomes? TESL professionals looking for research on blended and online language instruction in settlement programs have a convenient online resource for professional development and research; The LearnIT2teach Project continues to support the development and hosting of “The Annotated Bibliography: Adult Settlement Blended & Online Language Learning.” This Tutela online resource summarizes the contents of more than 100 articles from the research literature. The bibliography is divided into 16 sections ranging from Instructor Readiness to Learner Readiness and Learner Attitudes Toward Technology, all the way to Technology Tools.
Researchers Trudy Kennell and Maria Moriarty researched and wrote the bibliography and update it with new entries monthly. According to Trudy and Maria, “We were glad to have this opportunity. It gave us a chance to apply our separate backgrounds and depth of knowledge in the areas of language learning and blended learning. We were able to critically analyze some very useful research.”
Interesting surprises for the authors were the importance of digital technologies and the Internet in the lives of newcomers to Canada, and the role information technology plays in helping people stay connected to their home country while adapting and adjusting to life in Canada. Making their job a bit easier was, “The availability of such a wealth of material freely available – and just a couple of clicks away – educators, researchers, and scholars are so generous in sharing their thinking and their work.”