Title: E-training in practical teacher development - from local to global connections

Authors: Jarosław Krajka; Marcin Kleban

Addresses: Division of Applied Linguistics, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Ul. J. Sowińskiego 17, 20-040 Lublin, Poland ' Institute of English Studies, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Ul. Prof. S. Łojasiewicza 4, 31-004 Kraków, Poland

Abstract: Learning teaching in cyberspace is becoming more and more widespread in the current teacher education framework, due to a growing need to enhance the quality of practical training and the presence of information and communication technologies in all spheres of life. Thus, e-training, defined here as supplementing teacher development with online interactions in the virtual space, is proposed as an option for enhancing practical training of foreign language teachers. The aim of the present paper is to discuss the process of extending practical training with the use of e-learning in two models, online interactions among trainees (local connections) and intercultural teacher training tandems (global connections). After the literature review into the use of ICT and e-learning in teacher development, both models will be elaborated upon.

Keywords: EFL; ICT; e-learning; teacher training; Moodle; life-long learning; e-training; teacher development; electronic learning; online learning; teacher education; foreign language teachers; English as a foreign language; intercultural training.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2014.059337

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2014 Vol.24 No.1, pp.96 - 106

Published online: 24 May 2014 *

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