e-learnin vs on-site learning

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e-learnin vs on-site learning

Postby BabylonProject » Mon 19 May 2014 4:48 pm

In languages, both e-learning and on-site learning have positive and negative points. E-learning needs only a computer, but effectiveness might be reduced and you will probably miss a great travel to a foreign country. On-site learning avoids technology limits, but you spend time, energy and money arriving to a language school or traveling to a foreign country.
Which of this is a better way for learning a language? Is language learning heading to a technology revolution?
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Re: e-learnin vs on-site learning

Postby Yaziq » Thu 22 May 2014 7:05 pm

E-learning has much potential. I would like to see it employed more in helping to preserve endangered languages. E-learning can help prepare learners for the real conditions they will encounter if they travel to the country where the language of study is spoken. More computers need to be made available to learners in countries where the power grid is unreliable.
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Re: e-learnin vs on-site learning

Postby BabylonProject » Fri 23 May 2014 2:20 pm

That is true Yazid, e-learning permits millions of people to have a access to education. But is quality the same in e-learning? Its undeniable that it has a huge potential, but do you think that language learning may loose something in this case?
E-learning is an excellent option also for people who want to continue practicing a language or who don't have time for learning in a traditional way.
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Re: e-learnin vs on-site learning

Postby Yaziq » Fri 23 May 2014 9:03 pm

The quality of e-learning could be better than books and DVDs by being more timely and up-to-date. It could also include some humor and lively interaction. Youtube is good for language study.
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Re: e-learnin vs on-site learning

Postby BabylonProject » Sat 31 May 2014 12:10 pm

In our experience, one of the main problems when teaching Russian language through an e-learnig platform, is that the beginners have problems learning how to write a new alphabet. How to teach them to write well when we are not using a pencil and a paper? Other difficulty is that they must get used to a new keyboard, which makes homework exercices very long to do. Could this reduce the language teaching to a multiple choice answer system?
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Re: e-learnin vs on-site learning

Postby Yaziq » Mon 02 Jun 2014 9:47 pm

I also have had problems with virtual keyboards. Their quality should be improved. The solution might be to have more on-screen writing with a stylus.
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