Language Study Skills and the Internet (ELSSI)
This module will
help you find out more about the course, your classmates and the
instructor. To begin with, you should read through the syllabus, schedule and
so you know what is expected of you. Then, you can briefly look through
the other modules to get an idea of
we will be doing.
As stated in the course description, the goals of this course include
(1) promoting learner autonomy,
(2) helping you develop all four language skills (reading, writing,
listening and speaking), and
(3) building your confidence in using the target language to
communicate and pursue further studies.
We are going to learn some ways to do this using websites and other
resources on the
Internet. You should know before we start though that the Internet is
not magic. Learning English requires practice, and this sometimes
involves hard work. Still, I believe learning English with Internet
resources can be challenging and fun.
To get us started, we need to learn about the tools we will be using in
this course. Hopefully, you now know how to get around the ELSSI
As you may have noticed, each of the modules begins with an E-lecture.
This section includes both an overview and some background notes.
Please note that I have tried to keep this short and to the point.
The next section (Activities) includes instructions
for trying out online resources for specific skills. Naturally, work on
one skill can involve other skills. For example, when working on
listening activities you may also need to do some reading to answer
The Assignments section explains what you need to do and the due date.
requires you to participate in an online discussion forum and post to a
weblog (blog). We will
use MSN Groups for online discussions
and each learner will
set up a blog at Blogger.com.
Finally, the Links section includes other online resources that
might be useful or of interest.
Please let me know if you find any dead links. You can
report these to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feel free to contact me if
you have any problems with the activities or assignments.
(1) Sign up for a Microsoft .NET Passport at MSN Groups.
(2) Take a look around the MSN Groups website. Take notes on
some of the groups you might be interested in joining in the future.
(3) Find the ELSSI Forum at MSN Groups, post your self introduction and read the other
postings (Your name and e-mail address will need to be added before you
(4) Click TAKE A QUICK TOUR in the upper right-hand corner at Blogger.com.
(5) Create an account and set up a blog at Blogger.com. Include me
(bjones_jp) in the members area under settings. When you have set up
your blog, post your thoughts, ideas and questions about the ELSSI
(1) Read my welcome
letter, write a response letter and e-mail it to me at
email@example.com. This is
due by October 4 (Monday).
(2) Participate in the ELSSI class discussion forum at MSN Groups (This
includes your introduction letter and responses to your classmates).
Initial posting is due by 11/4 (Mon). Responses due by 11/11 (Mon).
(3) Create a blog at blogger.com
(directions will be e-mailed to you),
write you impressions of module 1 and the course so far, then send me
and password for your blog so I can read and comment. This is due by
Adam's Smile Zone - Everything you wanted to know
Directory - More information on blogs and blogging.
E-mail Netiquette -
Includes useful advice for e-mail and online communication
This is the ELSSI homepage.
Includes course description, goals and other useful
A list of starting and ending dates for each module.
Grading rubric for evaluating learner performance and survey
to evaluate the course.
- Module Two
- Module Seven
Learner autonomy -
this means students learn to work by
Instructions - how to do
Blog - web page where you can
publish your thoughts, etc.
This course was designed and developed as a requirement for the L630
Course Development for Online Educators course through the Education Department at Indiana University. The
work of both
Karen Hallett and Eileen Cotton provided inspiration for the content
and organization of this course.
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For more information, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This page last updated on September 12, 2004.
Copyright © 2004 Brent A.
Jones. All rights reserved.