2013 | 10 | 183-210
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Learning design of a blended course in technical writing

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Projet d’apprentissage d’un cours mixte en écriture technique
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Blending face-to-face classes with e-learning components can lead to a very successful outcome if the blend of approaches, methods, content, space, time, media and activities is carefully structured and approached from both the student’s and the tutor’s perspective. In order to blend synchronous and asynchronous e-learning activities with traditional ones, educators should make them inter-dependent and develop them according to instructional design. The writing component of a language course must aim at linguistic accuracy as well as simulated and authentic communication. All linguistic, communicative, general educational aims and single, measurable objectives should be clearly and precisely stated. The content of a course in Technical Writing should depend on students’ needs and must be related to their study fields. If the learning environment is well organised, supportive and responsive, it provides good conditions and plenty of opportunities for personal growth and development of language skills.
L’introduction des éléments de la formation en ligne dans la classe face-à-face peut produire des résultats fructueux si on combine les approches, les méthodes, les contenus, l’espace, le temps, les médias et les activités d’une manière bien structurée qui prend en compte les perspectives respectives de l’apprenant et du professeur. Pour relier les activités de formation en ligne, synchrones et asynchrones, avec les activités traditionnelles, les enseignants devraient les rendre interdépendantes et les développer selon un projet d’enseignement. La partie du cours de langue consacrée à l’expression écrite doit viser à développer la correction linguistique autant qu’à simuler une communication authentique. Tous les objectifs : linguistiques, communicatifs, éducationnels généraux et particuliers mesurables, devraient être communiqués avec clarté et précision. Le contenu d’un cours en écriture technique doit dépendre des besoins des apprenants et doit correspondre à leurs domaines d’études. Si l’environnement d’apprentissage est bien organisé, que l’atmosphère y soit ouverte et de soutien, il peut garantir des bonnes conditions et beaucoup de possibilités d’épanouissement personnel et de développement des compétences linguistiques.
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