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Learner-Content Interaction: Best Practices

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Working in interpretive mode with novice-level learners. The interpretive mode in synchronous and asynchronous learning interfaces. Preparation, presentation, support, resources, and follow-up for reading, video, and audio content.This TedEd lesson is part of the NFLRC Online Language Pedagogy Series, designed for in-service teachers of world languages online.

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Teaching online always already operates in the interpretive mode because the electronic environment distances the creator/teacher of the message/lesson from the reader/learner. This is a critical factor for the online designer/teacher to take into account. The learner has to doubly decode when the learning task at hand involves the interpretive mode: first, negotiating the terms of the lesson or task (which may or may not be in target language); second, engaging the text itself in the decoding process. See: Hampel, R., & Stickler, U.

Even before the learner begins engaging the text, various schemata can be called up to scaffold the reading process. (See on reading and schemata; also Shrum & Glisan 2010, pp. 182-199)
Further cognitive processes in interpretive mode are outlined here:

In the online environment, social media can be brought to bear to create communal interpretations of reading (, or MIT Nota Bene), viewing (Twitter, Google Hangout, YouTube), listening (Twitter, Soundcloud, Voicethread).

High-Leverage Teaching Practices:
Hlas, A. C. & Hlas, C. S. (2012). An examination of high-leverage teaching practices: Making connections between mathematics and foreign languages, Foreign Language Annals, 45 (S1), s76-s97. (for a quick overview of this topic, see poster by Forsman and Hlas here.)

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