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Title: Applying Language Cultural Content in ESL DE Courses: Challenges and Recommendations
Authors: Perez, Robert
Supervisor(s): Jones, Tom (Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University)
Examining Committee: Blodgett-Griffin, Cynthia (Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University)
Koole, Marguerite (University of Saskatchewan)
Degree: M.Ed.(DE)
Department: Centre for Distance Education
Keywords: ESL
English-language instruction
Distance-Delivered Language Course
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2015
Abstract: This thesis examined the field of English instruction focusing on instruction of cultural content in distance-delivered English courses to the Korean market. Currently, most English-language courses in Korea are delivered in traditional, F2F classes. The goal of the study was to investigate the challenges, guidelines and recommendations of integrating cultural content into such courses in DE format. Using a case study methodology, the researcher investigated the experiences of Korean students enrolled in a trial course focusing on topics related to Canadian culture. The study found that the learners enjoyed and found it convenient, engaging and interesting, and had few issues carrying out reading and writing activities. However, they found speaking and listening activities, especially synchronous speaking activities, more challenging in a DE environment. The thesis explores these challenges, as well as the important guidelines and recommendations for delivering successful DE language courses.
Graduation Date: Jun-2015
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/86
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