Researching English at the Beach: Does Theme-Based Language Learning Work Online?
"English at the Beach" was originally created to provide a fun, interactive and easy-to-navigate online resource for adults learning English language and literacy. Over time the technological possibilities have grown - as well as awareness of the available teaching strategies and levels of technological readiness of the adult learning population.
The designers of "English at the Beach" have been researching the site to evaluate and improve its effectiveness, as well as to understand more about how different teachers use online resources in face-to-face settings. Which strategies will enhance group dynamics both online and face-to-face? What steps can developers take to enhance the interactivity, ease-of-use and enjoyability of screen-based resources?
The design and research processes have involved using the resource in face-to-face settings, gathering feedback from teachers and students using the site, analysing the site structure and content from a range of perspectives, as well as investigating the use of Open Source Software in developing web applications, and migrating the site to a new server system.
Michael Chalk (Australia)
flexible & online learning co-ordinator
language and literacy
Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education (PRACE)
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)