ASYNCHRONOUS ONLINE FOREIGN LANGUAGE Dra. Leticia McGrath Georgia
ASYNCHRONOUS ONLINE FOREIGN LANGUAGE Dra. Leticia McGrath Georgia Southern University
Dr. Mark Johnson Advanced Learning Technologies University System of Georgia
eCore Overview eCore consists of online freshman- and sophomore-level courses designed, developed, taught, and supported by
faculty and staff from the University System of Georgia. eCore offers courses in English, mathematics, science, history, foreign language,and the social sciences.
Course Development Process USG Foreign Language Faculty Team July-November, 2003
Viability of teaching language online Tools available for teaching language online
Recommendations for the eCore Spanish Sequence Course Development
Process Key recommendations The proposed online foreign language courses should be holistic, offering an approach that focuses on
language structure (through reading, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation, etc.) and also utilizes immersion (using, for example, articles, video and audio streaming, and audio clips). The courses should
include speaking and writingboth interpersonal and presentational as well as vocabulary building. Course Development
Process The student learning standards developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) and presented in the 1996
and 1999 publications should be followed in the development of the proposed courses. Course Development Process
eCore Spanish Course Development Team April, 2004November 2005 Determined course structure Selected textbook (Enfoques) Selected online language lab (Quia)
Selected oral communication tool (Wimba) Developed lessons and assessments Developed iMods
Course Development Process Inaugural eCore Spanish 2001 Offering January, 2006 Began with 15 students
Reduced number of units from 6 to 5 Re-evaluated unit structure, exercises, and assessments Fall 2008 term 50 students in 4 section.
Course Development Process Revamp courses based on lessons learned after the first semester.
Revamped the courses because of a textbook revision. Teaching eCore Spanish
Quia Web SAM Wimba Voice Boards Voice Direct
Conclusion The innovative eCore Spanish course created and designed to provide students with maximum exposure to the target
language entirely online is an excellent example of how to make the seemingly impossible become a reality. . .
Conclusion There are several factors that not only encouraged me to teach such a course but also made the course successful:
The inclusion of a large quantity of audio clips recorded by native speakers.
The incorporation of one of the best and most comprehensive textbooks on the market. The integration of Horizon Wimbas software. The consistency of exposure to the target
language in all aspects of the course. Conclusion In my opinion, the eCore Intermediate II Spanish course is
as demanding as any face-to-face course, and despite my early doubts, I have been quite pleased with the results. . . Conclusion
Overall, I am very pleased with the outcome of the course. I am excited to be involved, and I am confident it sets a new standard for online language learning. Leticia L. McGrath, Ph.D.
Department of Foreign Languages P.O. Box 8081 Georgia Southern University
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