Innovation in Language Learning

Edition 17

Accepted Abstracts

Transforming the ICT Learning Environment for English Language Learners

Diane Boothe, Boise State University (United States)


English Language Learners (ELLs) come to online or hybrid classrooms endeavoring to unlock the mysteries of learning English. These students are in search of a quality learning experience leading to English language acquisition defined by new opportunities that will transform their lives and open doors for future accomplishments. In order to meet their needs, a variety of educational strategies and considerations are required that extend beyond traditional expectations. Reading, writing, speaking and comprehension expanded to connect the classroom with the global learning environment is essential. A key component of these endeavors is developing and utilizing state of the art technology and coursework, while incorporating outstanding resources and methods to reach educators and students. This presentation and accompanying study examine the ICT learning environment for English learners and focuses on the following four essential aspects of English learning that are tantamount for success:

  1. Leveraging technology in the online classroom
  2. Incorporation of ICT innovations and best practices
  3. Strengthening a complex culture for learning
  4. Facilitating and contextualizing pivotal learning

Each of these key concepts is investigated and discussed as it pertains to the ICT learning environment and influences quality educational experiences. Specific activities and examples of curriculum and teaching strategies will be outlined. ”Skillful facilitation allows students to interact with one another and the instructor at a higher level” [1], and interactive learning constitutes a core concept in defining a community of inquiry [2] and is crucial when developing online courses for students. The study will explore the role of each essential aspect in a multi-cultural ICT online learning situation. It is being developed with the purpose and objectives of including an overview of the key strategies for success in language acquisition focusing on ICT, and outlining exemplar pedagogy that can actively engage learners in defined subject-matter contexts. This topic will be approached utilizing examples appropriate for a variety of cultures and content areas including English in an interdisciplinary setting. Significant and engaging connections leading to successful language learning will be presented to contextualize and look more deeply at each strategy in terms of documenting its impact and the opportunity for teaching and learning. In conclusion, this presentation and study will culminate in recommendations for future expanded studies and investigation to support students and facilitate their journey for English learning.

Keywords: Transforming, Language, Environment, Connections, ICT, Pedagogy;

[1] Palloff, R. & Pratt, K. (2007). Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
[2] Garrison, D., Anderson, T., & Archer, W. (2001). Critical thinking, cognitive presence, and computer conferencing in distance education. American Journal of Distance Education, 15(1).

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