National Asssociation of Bilingual Education
National Association of Bilingual Education
As part of the SLATE (Second Language Acquisition Teacher Education) grant, which is supporting Yup’ik Alaska Native) immersion teachers and English language teachers in rural Alaska, our goal was to expand on the current use of technology (courses primarily delivered by audio conferencing) to create a more collaborative and communicative classroom that would serve distance students more effectively. While distance delivery is challenging at times, we reflected on the advantages available in distance courses such as the ability to apply methods directly in the teaching context, draw on community funds of knowledge, and receive immediate personal written feedback on course work. Through communication with colleagues teaching by distance as well as students taking distance courses, we have learned something new each semester about how to teach a course via distance. With this feedback, we share our challenges and successes.
AAAL -American Association of Applied Linguistics