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Boosting International Student Voices in a Hybrid Course

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Presenter(s)
Alexis Terrell (Oregon State University, USA)
Session Information
July 7, 2015 - 5:30pm
Track: 
Teaching & Learning Effectiveness
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
All
Session Type: 
Discovery Session
Location: 
Plaza Foyer
Session Duration: 
60 Minutes
Session: 
Discovery Session 1
Abstract

Discover the benefits of using audio and video with international students in online work to replicate the social cues found in a face-to-face classroom.

Extended Abstract

Promoting the voices of shy and typically marginalized students is often offered as a strength of hybrid course delivery. For instance, in an online discussion board, it is assumed that everyone has equal access in posting commentary without the rush and discomfort of a live classroom setting. However, non-native English speakers may be prone to more communication anxiety online because the social cues found in facial expressions, gestures, and tones of voice are missing (Hara & Kling, 1999; Kurthen & Smith, 2005/2006). Thus, the rationale behind using online discussions to increase student involvement may actually be holding international students back.

The potential problem of decreased involvement for English language learners can be overcome by making nonverbal communication an essential feature of the online class components.

In this discovery session, ESL educator Alexis Terrell will demonstrate how she has used video and audio to make the online classroom feel as live as a face-to-face learning environment, thus empowering students to transfer the skills they have learned online into their face-to-face classroom interactions. By reducing the use of text, which is inherently emotionless, and focusing on video and audio as the basic tools for communication, the essence of interpersonal communication is maintained.

Take a look at a variety of audio assignments, video presentations, oral peer reviews, and impromptu speaking tasks accomplished with a group of English language learners online and how those assignments directly impacted the face-to-face classroom activities of the group.

Participants will walk away with specific insight into how online video and audio activities can promote the social confidence of international students in the face-to-face classroom.

Lead Presenter

Ms. Terrell is an Associate Program Manager at INTO Oregon State University. She has a masters' degrees in TESOL and journalism and has been an ESL/EFL instructor for nearly a decade at universities in the U.S. and South Korea. Ms. Terrell has been a regular presenter at the TESOL and CALICO conferences on topics related to using technology to increase learner engagement.