Distance Learning: Friend or Foe?

The following is an excerpt from this issue of the CLEAR newsletter.  Please click the link below to read the full article.

Technology has allowed the language classroom to expand in many ways. In all its forms, technology has enlarged the “learning space” for language learners, blurring the lines between classroom learning and “homework,” between learning environments at home and abroad, and significantly expanding the number of potential classmates, friends, and conversation partners available to language learners. Few would argue that one field that has been transformed by the technological revolution is distance learning. In its earliest form, distance learning was largely equated with correspondence courses where learners studied course content in a textbook, completed assignments at home, and mailed them in to professors and teachers who would grade the assignments and send them back. Today, numerous technologies are employed to expand the learning experiences of all students.

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