Distance Education And Languagesby Bvrje Holmberg
The international contributors to this collection of 18 articles examine current issues in this expanding field, including learner autonomy, learner perspectives and support, development of intercultural competence, methodology and course design, learning environment, and language teacher development. Specifically, they address creating collaborative learner autonomy in a virtual self- service venue, developing the concept of the learner-context interface, assessing intercultural competence in a distance learning course for adults, working with hidden challenges in course design, developing chatlines and other means of global communication, fostering creative and authentic language use online, working with task design in concert with tutors, and developing teacher training for new technologies. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Meet the Author
Börje Holmbergis a linguist by training who leads the field in the development of theories relating to distance learning and teaching. He has held senior posts at Hermods in Sweden, the FernUniversität and the Private Distance-Teaching University of Applied Sciences in Germany. He holds honorary doctorates from universities in Australia and the UK. His many publications includeGrowth and Structure of Distance Education(1986) andTheory and Practice of Distance Education(1995).
Monica Shelleyis a linguist who has worked at the Open University in the UK in Community Education, Modern Languages and Knowledge Resources Management. She has edited and published work in the field of foreign languages and distance education and her research interests focus on the language learning needs of distance learners, on the design and structure of language courses taught at a distance and the development of intercultural competence.
Cynthia Whiteis Associate Professor in the School of Language Studies at Massey University in New Zealand, where she has worked in the field of distance education at the tertiary level for nearly 20 years. Her primary research areas are language learning in self-instruction contexts, learner autonomy and distance education. Her most recent publication isLanguage Learning in Distance Education(2003).
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