Tag: online

FCC Rejects Net Neutrality Again

Last October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3–2 to reaffirm its 2017 repeal of net neutrality. The vote is a response to Mozilla v. FCC, a 2019 court ruling that found the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality was “unhinged from the realities of modern broadband service” and ignored the government’s duty to protect public safety, digital equity,...

The New Normal Takes Testing Online

While academic institutions around the world struggle to decide the way forward for the upcoming school year, how to test students safely and accurately is often at the forefront of their decision making. There is no way around it. We must embrace new methods so that testing as well as the entire academic process can continue. It is no...

Online Mandarin Classes

Mandarin Matrix is offering online classes for children learning Mandarin as a second language. The Mandarin Matrix Online Classroom is open to children in elementary school and middle school and is designed to strengthen and support the four aspects of literacy: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. To see a demonstration of Online Classroom, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyE3poyI7xI&feature=youtu.be. To get a free two-week trial...

Online Language Learning Market Worth $21.2 Billion by 2027

According to a new market research report, the world online language learning market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 18.7% from 2020 to 2027 to reach $21.2 billion by 2027. "Online Language Learning Market by Product (SaaS, Apps, Tutoring), Mode (Consumer, Government, K-12, Corporate), Language (English, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese) and Geography – Global Forecast to 2027", published...

Taking English Learning Online

Instructional strategies that have proven effective in improving English language learner (ELL) achievement include providing ELLs with intentionally planned vocabulary instruction; using gestures, visual cues, or realia; providing opportunities to practice using language; activating prior knowledge; and linking content to language instruction (Calderón et al., 2011; Facella et al., 2005; Gersten and Baker, 2000; Haynes and Zacarian, 2010; Lake...

A Systematic Approach to Online Teaching and Learning

How surreal it was as we said goodbye to our fellow teachers. We had, of course, no idea that it would be so long before we would be seeing our students. Before we left, the kids in my Intensive Reading classes were responding to the situation with little emotion, or none, like most of the rest of us, not...

How to Train Your English Teacher

Teaching English online is exploding in popularity, which is great news for teachers and learners as it is much more flexible and opens up many opportunities for learning. In the past, a popular path for people who wanted to teach English was to take the gap-year route, during which they would travel and teach English at the same time....

Online Chat with Purpose

Chita Espino-Bravo offers advice on teaching and assessing conversation in a Spanish virtual course Teaching any virtual conversation class is full of challenges, especially in assessing the conversations and debate sections students prepare virtually. In spring 2018, I created a virtual course on Blackboard called Spanish Conversational Skills for intermediate/advanced students of Spanish. This course had been taught on campus,...

Unintended Consequences

Katie Nielson asks if online collaboration may sabotage language learning Facing decreased enrollment and increasing student demand for a return on investment, higher education is under more pressure than ever to improve educational outcomes. With the hope of expanding their reach to new student populations, institutions are investing heavily in online programs—and the technology that makes them possible—to promote flexibility,...

Al Jazeera Launches Chinese Site

Al Jazeera has launched a Mandarin-language news website targeting a Chinese population of 1.4 billion people. The project, which is the first of its kind from an Arabic news provider, is part of Al Jazeera’s strategy to engage with Chinese audiences and builds on the success of its content on the...
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