New challenges: the role of the tutor in the teaching of languages at a distance

Baumann, Uwe; Shelley, Monica; Murphy, Linda and White, C. (2008). New challenges: the role of the tutor in the teaching of languages at a distance. Distances et savoirs, 6(3) pp. 364–392.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3166/ds.6.365-392

Abstract

The nature of the skills and competences needed by tutors teaching students at a distance has been approached in a number of different ways. What has received less attention are the particular skills and competences needed to teach languages at a distance. The paper will review the background literature, which served as a context for a project carried with tutors of the Open University in the UK to investigate this important and, so far, neglected area. While the skills and competences needed by tutors teaching languages were broadly similar to those needed to teach other subjects at a distance, there were marked differences between the skills needed to teach languages at a distance from those used in the classroom. The outcomes from this research can be regarded as relevant not just for distance language learning, but to language learning and distance education in general.

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