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Blended Learning of Foreign Languages – Online Professional Development

Online professional development for foreign language teachersI have signed up for the LTMOOC (Blended Learning of World Languages Course) starting on April 15.  This year MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are very popular and many organizations, including IVY league schools, are offering them.

The first task of this LTMOOC is opening a blog and writing an introduction. That way we can get to meet at least some, but hopefully all of the 400+ participants of the course. I do not want to open another blog, so I am going to use this Technology Blog to share my LTMOOC experience. I am sure that what I learn on the course will be beneficial and of use to all of us. So, here we go Foreign Language PLN. Let’s embark on this journey together!


My LTMOOC Introduction Post 

  • Where are you from?     I am 100% Colombian just like good coffee and beautiful flowers. In 2005 I left Colombia and I have lived in the USA, Belgium, Jordan, Ukraine and I am now in Uganda.
  • What’s your background?     In 2005, right after I finished college (Engineering believe it or not), I moved from Bogota to Rhode Island, USA to complete an internship. In Rhode Island I met my husband, who is an international teacher. We moved to Belgium together and that is where I started teaching. A couple of years into teaching I got properly trained as a foreign language teacher in the University of Barcelona.
  • What is your native language? What others do you speak?     My native language is, of course, español. I speak English and I am proficient in Français (although I am not as good speaking it any longer because I do not use it often)
  • What language(s) do you teach?     I teach all levels of High School Spanish, including ‘as a first language’.
  • Where do you teach?     Right now I am an IB Spanish teacher at the International School of Uganda and a Spanish teacher and co-Head of Department online at Pamoja Education.
  • Why are you enrolled in the LTMOOC?     Three concrete reasons: 1) PD: it is difficult to find professional development opportunities here in Uganda and so I try to take part of every virtual PD opportunity that comes my way.  2) I want to learn more about online education and being an online student. I teach online and I find that I understand more about the role being an online student myself. 3) Learning and collaborating with the amazing #langchat, #twitterele and Pamoja educators taking the course.
  • What do you hope to get out of LTMOOC?     besides learning more about blended instruction, MOOCs and technology tools, I want to learn more about being an online teacher and student.
  • What hobbies or activities do you like to do?     I like to spend time with my family (reading, cooking, swimming). I love traveling. I am a passionate salsa and merengue dancer. I like Zumba and Walking. I love to cook.


Well, that is it for my LTMOOC introduction post. I’ll be in the look out for more information on the activities that follow: the Orientation Hangout and the EdLab Seminar to learn about Instreamia.

Stay tuned everyone!

Read about Content Based Instruction and Social Instruction here: Sharing some knowledge from the “Blended Learning of Foreign Languages” MOOC.

5 Responses to Blended Learning of Foreign Languages – Online Professional Development

  1. Heather April 14, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    Ok, you made it sound so good, I have to check it out too! At least we will know someone on the class!

    • Emilia Carrillo April 15, 2013 at 2:07 am #

      Hola Heather,

      It would be great if you join. There are many #langchat educators taking it, so you will know more people in the class!


  2. Cheryl Hordenchuk April 16, 2013 at 5:00 am #

    Hola Emilia, we have made it through the first steps! I am glad that you tweeted the information about this out last month. Great find. Gracias.

    • Emilia Carrillo April 16, 2013 at 6:22 am #

      Hola Cheryl,
      I am really excited about sharing this virtual environment and experience with you.

  3. Madisha April 21, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    I am really glad to have a chat with teachers from different countries. Blended learning opens the broaden shapes to communicate and gives an opportunity to be on line anywhere and anytime.