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Open Educational Practices in language education

Open educational practices in language education: resources, tools, and training


The increasing use of technology in all spheres of modern life has profound implications for language teaching and learning. Today’s teachers have unprecedented opportunities to offer their learners a rich, varied, and specifically tailored foreign language experience in a range of languages, both in and outside the traditional classroom context. But they also face a number of interlinked challenges: how can teachers best select teaching and learning materials and adapt them to their own particular needs? Which digital tools are most versatile, and how can they be integrated into learning activities? And what can teachers do as their careers progress to try and keep up with technological innovation? 

This workshop will present a range of resources, tools, and networks to help novice and more experienced language teachers and teacher educators begin to answer these questions, and tackle other, related issues which participants may wish to explore. We will take a hands-on, experiential approach which will allow you to explore resources and try out digital tools, as well as identify ways to develop your own personal learning network within a communicative and task-based approach to foreign language teaching. The overarching framework is one of open educational practice, where care is taken in the design and creation of digital materials with a view to future sharing and repurposing, working towards a goal of sustainable development for language teachers.

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OEP Limerick workshop


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EFL Classroom 2.0 (D Deubelbeiss)


TICE et langues (J Wagner)
En français (A Creuzé)


Technology and language learning (Y Asencion)


Basic tools
Task-based language teaching: short video (Black Box Videocast)

Moth story
an example of a technology-mediated task: storytelling with second year students of English, Media & Communication.

NB: play safe (learner/parental authorisation) and play fair (copyright/creative commons)


Communities of practice

Personal learning networks

Telecollaborative projects

Research on OEP with language teachers

Shona Whyte teaches EFL, applied linguistics and TEFL at the University of Nice in France (efl.unice.fr). Her research involves classroom interaction, LSP didactics, and language teacher education, and her 2015 book Implementing and Researching Technological Innovation in Language Teaching is reviewed in Alsic (http://alsic.revues.org/2879). She also curates resources for technology-mediated language teaching and research (scoop.it/t/telt/) and blogs at shonawhyte.wordpress.com.