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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 (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3166/ds.6.365-392
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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.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1765-0887
Keywords: open and distance learning, foreign language teaching, tutors, skills and competences
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 15258
Depositing User: Uwe Baumann
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2009 11:26
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2012 10:17
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/15258
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