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Thursday, August 13 • 2:10pm - 2:35pm
How Blended Language Learning Environments are Being Evaluated in Latin America: The Case Study of Chile

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The present study reports on the findings of a piece of research conducted in Chile in which the aim was to come up with guidelines for a context-based evaluation of blended language learning environments. We consider the blending of technologies into language learning a complex phenomenon which involves a range of internal and external influences (Oxford & Jung, 2007). Researchers suggest that successful integration includes factors such as time commitment, competence development, course design, teaching experiences and reflection (Moser, 2007), whereas unsuccessful integration is due to barriers to adoption, particularly attitudinal factors such as fear and awe that can often stifle the uptake of new technologies amongst language educators (Bax, 2003).

In the Chilean context of adult learning, specifically ELT learners, we evidence that technologies are already integrated and evolving in classrooms that are blended; however, there is still a lack of clear guidelines on how to evaluate the use of technology and technological tools. In this presentation we share findings of a two-year research conducted in Chile which seeks to develop guidelines for effective and adequate evaluation of technology use in the language class. Firstly, we outline the theoretical foundations which support this empirically-based project. Secondly, we provide with a full description of the Chilean context examined to determine the presence of blended learning in pre-service EFL teaching. We then move to the research design and procedures along with the task and data collection, and analysis procedures (official document analysis, semi-structured interviews, to stakeholders such as teachers, students and administrators, and classroom observations). Thirdly, we comment on the findings along with integrated data, sample materials related to data collection and analysis for the Chilean context to finally discuss with the audience the future steps in this project and raise discussion, implications and potential avenues for further research.

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Marianna Oyanedel

Professor & Researcher, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Thursday August 13, 2015 2:10pm - 2:35pm EDT
Barker 110 (Thompson) 12 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA