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EFL Students Speaking Their Minds to the World through Facebook: Curriculum Innovation at a Language Institute in Bogota, Colombia. PROCEEDINGS

, Centro Colombo Americano, Colombia ; , Universidad Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas, Colombia

World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

The concept of technology has become a major theme of research and practice at a language institute in Bogota, Colombia. This study focuses on the teacher-researcher experience when observing how the contents of the curriculum are evident when analyzing student’s interaction in an asynchronous virtual space. Facebook was taken for this study as the virtual environment to promote students’ real interactions in the foreign language and as an opportunity for the teacher to link language contents from the course with technology. At the Centro Colombo Americano (CCA) teachers are requested to incorporate in their classes technologies that facilitate students gain autonomy to learn. Although different teachers use technology in their classes, sometimes it remains in isolated activities that do not accomplish the objectives of constant interaction.

Citation

Cardenas, F. & Velasquez, J. (2011). EFL Students Speaking Their Minds to the World through Facebook: Curriculum Innovation at a Language Institute in Bogota, Colombia. In Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2011 (pp. 49-53). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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