Teaching EAP Through Distance Education: An Analysis of an Online Writing Course
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The application of advanced communication technology holds promise for distance learning in general and language distance learning in particular. Technology has allowed second and foreign language programs to be included in many distance learning programs worldwide. The purpose of this study was to provide an overall evaluation of an EAP writing course, taught via distance, and the technologies used in it as well as challenges and issues that could be accompanied by using these technologies. Data was collected for an EAP writing course and from a MBA course using the same technology for comparison. Interviews were conducted with instructors and students to get their feedback and help assess the course. Results indicated that there are other elements besides technology that have to be taken into account to assure the proper use of the available technology by the instructors and the students.