- Timo Kozlowski
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Most of existing e-learning language courses suffer from bad content design with a strong emphasis on closed grammar exercises, so there is not enough attention on any language’s primary goal: communication. So the focus of learning content design for language courses should focus more on communication skills. This is especially important professional use of language, like in the tourism industry.
To boost develop in the region, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs funded the conception of a German course for tourism in the Tsunami-affected regions, in the case of Thailand, Phuket. The language course was targeted towards professionals in the tourism industry with some basic knowledge of German. Also, the course was conceived as a blended learning course with learning content provided through a Learning Management System (Moodle, in this case) to give the students an opportunity to improve their German knowledge without having to stop working during course time.
In the design of the German language course our primary goal was to tackle this i ssue about the relevancy. On the one hand, existing material usually has no specific target group, especially in local aspects. So we included information and material directly from Phuket, Thailand, because the course is be held there. On the other hand, we opted to move away from more closed forms of E-Learning exercises, e.g., gap-filling exercises. Instead, we concentrated on open assignm ents that focuse on communication skills and social interaction, like forum and chat assignments.
Included in this course are also contact classes every Saturday, in which communication skills are further practised, and also new grammar structures introduced.
This course was held two times now – one time as part of the German curriculum at Prince of Songkhla University. Both times, students and teachers were delighted with the results