Personal learning environments for supporting out-of-olass language learning
Citation:Reinders, H. (2015). Personal learning environments for supporting out-of-olass language learning. Learning. English Teaching Forum, 52(4), pp.14-19. http://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/52-4_4_reinders.pdf
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3204
A Personal Learning Environment (PLE) is a learner controlled environment for language learning. More specifically, it is a combination of tools (usually digital) and resources chosen by the learner to support different aspects of the learning process, from goal setting to materials selection to assessment. The importance of PLEs for teachers lies in their ability to help students develop autonomy and prepare them for lifelong learning. New technologies are making the creation of PLEs easier and their use more effective. Although PLEs can be created without the aid of technology, in this article I will consider their use mostly in the context of online resources. I will also discuss PLEs’ use for language learning and look at ways in which teachers can use them to help students take responsibility for their own learning.