The presentation looks at our experience as teachers, of English and ICT respectively, in designing a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) for English-language learners. LET and PET are the acronyms for Learning English with Technology and Practising English with Technology, the titles of the open online courses we are proposing to our students who are looking for digital and online means of learning English as a foreign language. While adding content to these MOOCs, we encountered certain challenges, such as: what are the best software for language acquisition, how can one accurately evaluate the progress made by learners, or how to facilitate interaction between peers, to mention just a few.
At the same time, we were looking for innovative solutions to enhance the traditional, offline language acquisition approaches. Moreover, we had to keep in mind that students who enroll can come from different countries, backgrounds, age groups, and can have different levels of knowledge.
Including multimedia, digital, and online elements in the language teaching and learning process definitely has numerous advantages, but this article focuses more on the challenges that have to be met when building MOOCs for language learners
Acknowledgement: With the support of the ERASMUS+, 575370-EPP-1-2016-1-RO-EPPJMO-MODULE