Blended learning is the idea of combining instructor-led learning with technology-based learning.
Initially, the primary reason that Dr.Cindy developed the website www.ExpertEnglish.de was to make up for the lack of available classroom time. Since Dr. Cindy has been teaching, the budgets for language teaching have continuously decreased while the demand for language instruction has continuously increased. To solve the problem of increasing demand, the institutional response has been to halve the teaching hours (from 4 to 2 weekly semester hours). This has had the effect of doubling the instructional workload (twice as many classes) while halving teaching time per student. This is a most unsatisfactory situation.
The creation of www.ExpertEnglish.de is Dr.Cindy’s response to the given political and budget realities. Initially, it was designed to save administrative time especially for copying and distributing instruction material. The silver lining is that this website has several added benefits. These include:
|ALLOWS students to download PDF files|
|ALLOWS students to download MP3 files|
|ALLOWS students to check the weekly UPDATES|
|PROVIDES interactive ONLINE exercises|
|PROVIDES additional instructional material|
|PROVIDES links for online dictionaries|
|PROVIDES links for English based cultural events|
|ALLOWS students continued learning opportunities|
|And so on and so forth.|