What Can a Blended Language Course Bring to Intermediate Students in French?

Grant program: Teaching and Learning Development Grant (TLDG)

Grant recipient: Claire Bossavit, Department of French

Project team: Cosme Fandy, Annie Slizac, Lara Tiu, and Doris Hong Ji Yuen, research assistants

Timeframe: January 2018 to August 2019

Funding: $6000

Courses addressed:

  • FREN 210 – French Intermediate I
  • FREN 211 – French Intermediate II

Description: I would like to know how students learn French through a blended delivery course (50% in class – 50 % online) compared to a 100% face to face course.

Questions addressed:

  • Who is more likely to choose, enjoy and benefit from the blended course compared to the face-to-face version?
  • What is the impact on the acquisition of the different language skills (listening, speaking, writing, reading) in the blended course compared to the face-to-face version?
  • How do students of the blended course perceive their learning experience?
  • Is the blended course more or less beneficial for some skills than others? How does it compare with the regular course?
  • Which tools and materials are more useful to students for the online portion of the blended course?

Knowledge sharing: I will present the findings to my department and the Language Teaching Institute in informal discussions during the project and at one of our teaching circle meetings. I will also write a proposal to present at a language teaching conference.