Here's How - Issues and Considerations for Global Learning

Dr. Tony Bates According to Dr. Bates, former professor at the University of British Columbia, English is far and away the most predominant language in terms of the international delivery of distance education. There are clear disadvantages of working in another language in online courses, when students have to contribute towards collaborative assignments or participate in discussion forums with those for whom English is their own language (Bates, 1999).

Online courses have some advantages over face-to-face teaching for students working in another language than their own. For example:

Disadvantages include:

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