Education is constantly evolving, always looking to renew itself to prepare increasingly competent professionals. In language teaching, the use of technological resources and interactive multimedia content to optimize learning is nowadays a key factor.

Although e-learning has important benefits for language learning students, we should not forget that traditional teaching methods do offer and will continue to offer fundamental value. It is in the classroom where the oral expression is put into practice and problems are solved by an expert in the field, the teacher. From this double aspect, blended learning or b-learning is born, a hybrid education model that combines online and on-site classroom methodology. Students and teachers will benefit from the use of digital, multimedia and 100% interactive materials, improving both the quality (more entertaining and practical), and the efficiency of learning (saving time and costs).

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Universities, the ideal setting for b-learning in languages

In the universities, the learning of languages is especially important due to several factors. First of all, we live in a globalized world and learning languages is essential to perform in any field. In addition, the professional demands and the increasing labor competency make that the completion of university studies is essential to master another language. In summary, the management of a second or third language is very valuable in any area of knowledge and professional environment.

Within this context, blended learning offers a teaching model that, due to its particular characteristics and benefits, is perfectly suited to teaching at universities.

So much so that, according to the researcher Kevin Anthony Jones in his study for the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the use of b-learning or mixed learning in university education resulted in more attendance and better grades in exams than in traditional teaching.

(…)”The average academic achievement achieved in mixed learning is higher than in traditional classes.” From these results, he suggests that (…)”traditional classes could be eliminated from higher education without diminishing learning. The attendance increases significantly and it seems to be a very effective learning method “.

Jones, K. A. (2018). Higher academic performance in an Asian University: replacing traditional lecturing with blended learning. Doctoral thesis, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Choosing the blended method of Dexway to teach languages in the University involves multiple benefits, these are some of the most important:

 

#1 Learning flexibility

The student learns where, when and how he wants to use any mobile device. In higher education this aspect is particularly important, since the student may have other responsibilities to attend, such as work or family. The b-learning method helps you to reconcile the studies with these other tasks. Gone are the rigid contents, now the student not only listens, but thanks to the dynamism and interactivity of the classes he takes a more active role, increasing his interest and consequently his academic results.

 

#2 Saves you money

The B-learning responds to two obstacles: the need to organize different class groups in order to attend to the high number of enrollments and the amount of educational material in physical format (books, workbooks, dictionaries, etc.) that have to be used by students in traditional language teaching. The blended method saves costs by helping to make groups more flexible and, on the other hand, avoids having to make so many photocopies of notes and books as they are replaced by multimedia material.

 

#3 Immediate and complete feedback

In blended language courses the student can know the results of the evaluations without waiting for a teacher to correct their tests. In addition, virtual campuses enable direct communication in real time.

 

#4 Students participate more in learning

It is proven that with the blended or hybrid education model, students are much more motivated as they learn outside the classroom in a fun and interactive way. They are also more participatory in class because they know the subject beforehand.

Dexway offers a wide variety of language courses so that universities and educational institutions can implement the b-learning methodology that best suits their needs. There is no doubt that the result of both learning in the classroom and e-learning is the perfect model to study languages in the University.

 

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