New Insights into Distance Language Learning

Sajad Faramarzi, Atefeh Elekaei, Mansour Koosha


Distance language learning provides an excellent opportunity for language learners to receive instruction in an adaptable environment. This type of pedagogy offers a flexible time management system for students under the pressure of shaping business and/or life responsibilities. By the emergence of new technological advances, research on distance language learning has predominantly been focused on how new technologies can affect distance education. It is equally important to monitor the change of direction in distance language learning research. Therefore, investigating major potential areas of research, acknowledging the current methodologies, finding the possible gaps in previous works, and proposing solutions to remove the barriers in this field are of prime importance. In this study, major related works in distance language learning were particularly highlighted by underscoring their significant results. Furthermore, some recommendations were offered for future studies which enable researchers to have a broader view to this type of language learning system.


distance education, distance language learning, E-learning, ubiquitous learning, online learning, synchronous learning, asynchronous learning

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