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Maria's WK 10 discussion prompt

Sanchez-Serano (2008) talks about the difficulties in distance learning, and some of us may have experienced some of these difficulties in our last class. Many of these problems dealt with the technology itself. However, Sanchez-Serano mentions a more ethical concern dealing with the digital divide, and asks how this divide affects distance learning, in particular foreign language teaching. So, my question is have you seen first hand the effects of the digital divide in distance learning - foreign language? If not what do you think are the effects? What are some ways teachers and/or ELLs can overcome the digital divide?
Maria

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loula_1983
Apr. 2nd, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
Thankyou for your comment. The three levels that you mention really puts things into perspective. I agree that there are many ways to overcome the digital divide in the classic language classroom, and that the best thing to do is make best of what you have to work with. However, I think that the digital divide can be problematic when trying to implement a distance learning activiy in a developing country where not everyone has access to technology. Are there ways to overcome this problem? I like the idea of pen pal mentioned above by loltauruslol. thanks for your comment.

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