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Webinar with Dr. Ursula Stickler | After COVID: How Online Language Teaching Has Changed the Profession

November 24, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Even before the enforced move to online teaching many language professionals were using digital tools and online communication in their work and their research (Shi & Stickler, 2019). Due to COVID restrictions many teachers were forced into what Hodges and colleagues (2020) called Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT). This change in practice has had an impact on language teachers’ views of their own profession. Looking beyond the immediately obvious changes such as increased confidence in digital skills, realisation of a change in role, it has also brought home to many teachers that online communication is fundamentally different from face-to-face or classroom-based teaching. This implies a need for a change in epistemology, a recognition that the way we “know” is changing in the absence of physical proximity.

This talk will present views of language teachers about the future of their profession (Stickler, 2022), and some ideas about the change in an epistemological stance needed for successful online language teaching.

Hodges, C. B., Moore, S., Lockee, B. B., Trust, T., and M. A. Bond (2020). The difference between emergency remote teaching and online learning. Educause Review (online) https://er.educause.edu/articles/2020/3/the-difference-between-emergency-remote-teaching-and-online-learning

Shi, L., and Stickler, U. (2019). Using Technology to Learn to Speak Chinese. In The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Language Teaching (pp. 509-525). Routledge.

Stickler, U. (2022). Technology and Language Teaching. Elements in Language Teaching Series Editors: Jim McKinley, Heath Rose. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press).


Dr Ursula Stickler is Senior Lecturer in German in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the Open University (UK). Her research centres around online and independent language learning, teacher training and the use of new and qualitative methods in online learning research. She is expert consultant with the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) and co-editor of the book series “Developing Online Language Pedagogies” with Castledown publishers.


November 24, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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