Title: Blended language learning in tertiary education

Authors: Igor Riznar

Addresses: Faculty of Management, University of Primorska, Cankarjeva 5, 5000 Koper, Slovenia.

Abstract: This paper examines the supporting and enhancing role of technology in language learning and teaching in a higher education institution in Slovenia. Despite the fact that the vast majority of foreign language teaching is still carried out in face-to-face environments, a growing extent of foreign language teaching in a number of tertiary education institutions has moved, at least partly, online. In this paper, the development of e-learning practices in Slovenia is described first, together with the evolution of computer technologies – from multimedia to the internet – and their potential for language learning and teaching purposes. Against this background, the practical application of the Blended Language Learning (BLL) experience at the Faculty of Management Koper is discussed. The paper also addresses the changing role of teachers in blended language teaching/learning environments and analyses the opinions of students who participated in a combination of Face-to-Face (F2F) and Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) courses and expressed their opinions on the BLL experience in a questionnaire.

Keywords: blended learning; language learning; management in education; innovation; tertiary education; information technology; communications technology; ICT; higher education; Slovenia; language teaching; foreign languages; e-learning; electronic learning; online learning; computer-assisted learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2009.024134

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2009 Vol.6 No.4, pp.377 - 386

Published online: 27 Mar 2009 *

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