A Presentation on “The Concept of Blended Learning in English Language Teaching” at the Faculty of Languages & Translation

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    Wed - 29/10/2014

 Under the patronage of Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi, Dean of the Faculty of Languages & Translation, the E-Learning Unit at the Faculty organized a presentation on “The Concept of Blended Learning in English Language Teaching”. Dr. Mohamed Amin Mekheimer delivered a detailed presentation on the topic.

Dr. Abdulkhaliq Al-Qahtany, Vice-Dean for Quality & Development, Dr. Ahmed Ismail Asir, Vice- Dean of the Faculty, and Mr. Abdullah Al-Rezgi, the Director of English Language Center, graced the occasion.

Describing the term ‘blended Learning’, Dr. Mohamed Amin Mekheimer said:  “The term blended learning originated in the business world in connection with corporate training, then was employed in higher education, and lastly, it appeared in language teaching and learning.” He further added that blended learning in English Language Teaching combines a face-to-face (F2F) classroom component with an appropriate use of technology.  On the question of the need of the adaptation of blended learning approach, Dr. Mohamed Amin said that learners nowadays expect technology to be integrated into their language classes.  Towards that end, blended learning can meet the learners’ expectations since it provides the ability to match learning styles and individually tailored solutions. It improves the learning rate and it increases access/flexibility and cost effectiveness.

To make blended learning effective in ELT, Dr. Mohamed Amin suggested that the instructor should keep into considerations the following five tenets that build up a principled b-learning model: the role of live interaction; the role of learner choice and self-regulation; models for support and training; balance between innovation and production and cultural adaptation. He also said that educators should separate the role of the teacher from that of technology, as these roles are not interchangeable, but they are complementary. Teachers should adapt a principled approach that best suits the learners’ needs. Technology should be used to complement and enhance F2F teaching. He emphasized that blended learning is not so much the program, more than what you do with it.

In his closing remarks, Dr. Abdul Khaliq Al-Qahtany, Vice-Dean for Quality & Development, applauded the presentation and stressed the need for the proper use of the technology. He also said that technology is a useful tool for enhancing the quality of education. It helps learners in imparting and disseminating the knowledge. 

Mr. Mohsin Raza Khan, Supervisor of the E-Learning Unit, said that the purpose of the presentation was to discuss the actual concept of blended learning in English language teaching and best practices around the world. 

Mr. Ali Alamry, In-charge of Students Activities at the Faculty, compered the function, and Dr. Abdul Wahid Alzumor, Mr. Rizwan Ghani and Mr. Gavin Louch asked the questions and raised the important issues about the topic. 

The presentation is attended by a large number of faculty members. 

Mr. Abdullah Al-Zubain, the E-Learning Specialist, Dr. Khaled Mohanna, the E-Learning Team Manager, Mr. Jabir Al-Thebi, Dr. Mohammad Asif, Mr. Faisal, Mr. Jawed Ahmed and Mr. Salahuddin Abdurrab provided holistic support to make the function a success.