ON-LINE DISTANCE LEARNING
If you have no time in your schedule to take a "formal" English-as-a-Second-Language course, then THIS is the type of class for YOU! As an adjunct professor for the State University of New York's "SUNY Learning Network," Barbara Dworkin has designed "Business English for the Non-Native Professional" and "How to Survive in a College Environment with Native Speakers." The duration of each "learner-centered" course is 12-13 weeks and will require approximately 5-6 hours of homework each week. Classes are asynchronous so you may access the courses anytime you wish during the week! You can enjoy the freedom of participating in the virtual classroom when your work/personal schedule permits! Courses are "learner-centered" and require more student self-discipline than "traditional" courses. Without the structure of synchronous classes, students are expected to take a more active role in their learning and the instructor is the facilitator of the online learning environment.
||"Internet Links Teacher, Students" - Article from the Daily Gazette, Schenectady, NY - 12/29/00
Upon successful completion of each non-credit course, students will receive a certificate from Schenectady County Community College, which is an affiliate college of the State University of New York. In order to enroll in an online course, students must have graphical access to the WWW and they must use Netscape Navigator 3.0 (or higher) or Internet Explorer as their Web browser. Students must have an Internet email account and must provide the SUNY Learning Network with their personal email address.
The minimum computer requirements for IBM or compatible computers are generally a Pentium, 16MB RAM (or higher) and a 28K baud modem (or higher). Macintosh users must have System 7 (or higher). All students will need a word processor application. In addition, all students will require a password to gain access to the course registration.
While there will be no examinations, there will be several in-depth assignments required. Each week will feature an on-line written lecture, an Internet research assignment, a written assignment, a virtual seminar and a listening assignment. Students will submit each assignment for a detailed critique. Students are expected to "sign on" to the class at least 3 times per week (at their convenience) in order to effectively participate in the virtual seminar. In addition to learning English language skills, students will increase their vocabulary, learn new idioms, and gain a greater appreciation of American culture and cultural diversity in the United States.
An optional addition to this online program for groups of students who take this course from the same geographical area is to have a LIVE online class discussion each week. This is an especially effective manner to specifically address problems in pronunciation and intonation. Additional fees will apply. If you are interested in this innovative concept in online learning, please email Barbara Dworkin directly at <firstname.lastname@example.org>