TPM: Motivating Language Learning in a Blended Learning Environment

Monday 8 May | Tuesday 9 May | Wednesday 10 May | Thursday 11 May | Friday 12 May

Wednesday 10 May

TRACK 3:
ONLINE/BLENDED LEARNING & CLIL

P R E S E N T A T I O N
TPM: Motivating Language Learning in a Blended Learning Environment,
Mr. Andrew McDouall, Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Mr. Mario Seidel, Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Place: Room B5-27

Time: 8.30 – 9.15
Description: Learning Management Systems (LMS) provide a lot of language learning opportunities, encouraging the use of word processors, providing fill-in-the-blank exercises, multiple choice questions, re-ordering tasks, and allowing activities that utilize videos, games, and forum discussions. However, we feel that LMS can be leveraged further through the integration of current and innovative didactic approaches, specifically project based language learning (PBLL) and the team protocol method (TPM), encouraging the use of spoken language in and out of the classroom. In our presentation, we discuss how we enhanced the blended learning environment through the combination of an LMS, PBLL, and TPM. We use qualitative and quantitative measures to determine effects on student motivation and performance, learner production, and teacher satisfaction. Preliminary findings indicate that students in that setting generated larger amounts of text, made less mistakes, created more complex sentences, and reported increased motivation compared to students working in a more traditional online environment.