ELT through videoconferencing in primary schools in Uruguay: first steps

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Abstract

Plan Ceibal is an interinstitutional undertaking which has distributed XO laptops
and Internet connectivity among primary school learners and teachers across
Uruguay and developed a wide range of educational programmes. Ceibal
administration believes that it is imperative to introduce English as a Foreign
Language in primary education through the use of new modes of teaching which
incorporate the OLPC XO laptop as a tool for learning engagement and
democratisation. Uruguay has secured funds for a project based on blended
learning which integrates remote teaching through videoconferencing, the use of a learning management system, and professional development. Plan Ceibal seeks to demonstrate that lessons delivered by remote teachers via videoconferencing with support from classroom teachers (CTs) with very limited or no command of English can facilitate successful learning outcomes in learners and CTs. In this article, I describe the pilot phase of this project which aims at delivering 5000 remote lessons by 2015.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-188
Number of pages10
JournalInnovation in Language Learning and Teaching
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2013

Keywords

  • blended learning
  • videoconferencing
  • remote teaching
  • XO laptop
  • EFL learners

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