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IJIET 2018 Vol.8(3): 213-217 ISSN: 2010-3689
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2018.8.3.1035

Who Is the English as a Second Language Speaker in this MOOC?

Gülüstan Doğan, Ayşe Saliha Sunar, İsmail Duru, and Su White

Abstract—Massive Open Online Courses have been widely used all over the world in recent years in entirely online learning context or as blended learning on campus. Most of these courses are offered in English. A high percentage of the users, however, are speaking English as a second language. Some of the authors of this paper who either used MOOCs for blended learning or a research subject are English as a second language speakers as well. They have observed whilst teaching students at university during blended teaching using MOOCs that the students struggle in courses offered in English. This has motivated us to explore this issue in MOOCs to contribute to the pedagogy of MOOCs. The main question that we consider is how can these platforms give a better experience to second language English speakers. There are many sub-problems of this big research question. In this paper we would like to briefly present our initial findings and give an overview of the research on this area.

Index Terms—Second language English speakers, MOOC, course engagement, FutureLearn, personalization.

Gülüstan Doğan and İsmail Duru are with Yildiz Technical University, İstanbul, Turkey (e-mail: gulustan@yildiz.edu.tr, iduru@yildiz.edu.tr).
Ayşe Saliha Sunar and Su White are with University of Southampton, UK (e-mail: ass1a12@soton.ac.uk, saw@ecs.soton.ac.uk).


Cite: Gülüstan Doğan, Ayşe Saliha Sunar, İsmail Duru, and Su White, "Who Is the English as a Second Language Speaker in this MOOC?," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 213-217, 2018.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2022: 2.0), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net


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