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Vance Stevens - 4th
Wen Shan Conference on English Teaching, October 25, 2003
Community of Language Learners and Teachers: Creating Environments for Teaching
and Learning Languages, Blended and Online
What has this got to do
With this background I will speak about
the formation of Webheads, from its roots as an experiment in language learning
where certain principles maintain; e.g.
- Teachers and students should put in
equal work (teachers shouldn't work harder than the students)
- 'it is impossible to teach languages,
they must be learned'
- and 'therefore there is no such thing as
a language teacher'
- and 'true communication is the only
purpose for which anyone would want to learn a language.'
- also, if we provide the tools (and
guidance), good workmen and women can be counted on to know how to be creative
with the tools provided.
for Webheads is an ongoing 'experiment in world friendship through online
language learning' whose participants have been meeting weekly online for 5
- During that time, Webheads have
experimented with numerous synchronous and web-based multimedia communications
formats, and presented at several live and online conference venues.
- More recently, the community has
formally expanded to embrace language teaching professionals in a community of
- These communities come together online
every Sunday for a regular session held at noon GMT.
- We occasionally convene members of the
community online to demonstrate 'live' our use of free and easily accessible
text, video, and voice enhanced synchronous communications technologies, while
showing visitors around the Webheads community.
showing web cam images of a previous such presentation is here:
<< Index >> Slide 7: What
do we do to develop a sense of community in Webheads?
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