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Ms Carolyn Batstone

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer (German)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Languages
  • carolyn.batstone

Professional biography

I am a lecturer in German in the Department of Languages, at the Open University.

Research interests

I am currently investigating modern foreign languages in mainstream schooling.  I am particularly interested in the status of German language teaching.

Since joining the Open University I have focussed on a range of research questions investigating adult language learners. I have looked at the integration of computer-based German teaching into residential language courses. I have studied how distance language learners choose to engage with the distance learning materials they are provided with.

I was a founding member of the Interaction Study Group involved in investigating oral interaction in tutorials. We researched oral interaction in both face-to-face and online tutorials, looking at the quantity of interaction taking place in the different media. This interactionwas then analysed according to its function within the tutorial.

I am currently investigating moern foreign languages in mainstream schooling. I am particularly interested in the status of German language teaching.

Teaching interests

I have worked on all levels of Open University German courses from beginners' (L193) through to advanced (L313). I have been involved recently in re-writing the second edition of L193 Rundblick: beginners' German.

In the past I was responsible for the re-make of L130 Auftakt: get ahead in German. This is a level 1 German language course. The course is the first in the department to develop an interactive DVD-ROM designed to teach speaking and listening skills to students. The course has course books, a website, and assessment materials. Students can take part in online and face-to-face tutorials. I was a course writer on L231 Motive. I have taught on Open University residential schools for level 1 courses Kapriolen, level 2 Motive, and Variationen (L213). I was part of the University's award winning team in 2001, which produced teaching materials for the first online tutorials attached to a course.

I am interested in how cultural knowledge can be taught at all levels through authentic target language materials.

 

 

Publications

‘Distant Classmates: speech and silence in online and telephone language tutorials’ (2007-09-27)
Stickler, Ursula; Batstone, Carolyn; Duensing, Annette and Heins, Barbara
European Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 2007(2)
Spoken interaction in online and face-to-face language tutorials (2007-07)
Heins, Barbara; Duensing, Annette; Stickler, Ursula and Batstone, Carolyn
Computer Assisted Language Learning, 20(3) (pp. 279-295)
Distant Classmates: Speech and silence online and telephone language tutorials (2007)
Stickler, Ursula; Batstone, Carolyn; Duensing, Annette and Heins, Barbara
European Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 2
Face-to-face and online interactions - is a task a task? (2006)
Duensing, Annette; Stickler, Ursula; Batstone, Carolyn and Heins, Barbara
Journal of Learning Design, 1(2) (pp. 35-45)
Distant Classmates: comparing online and telephone language tutorials (2006-09-27)
Stickler, Ursula; Batstone, Carolyn; Duensing, Annette and Heins, Barbara
In : ICL 2006 (27-29 Sep 2006, Villach, Austria)
Distance and virtual distance: Preliminary results of a study of interaction patterns in synchronous audio graphic CMC and face-to-face tutorials in beginners’ language tutorials (2005)
Stickler, Ursula; Batstone, Carolyn; Duensing, Annette and Heins, Barbara
In : Proceedings of the 2004 International Symposium on Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching, Beijing and Shanghai (Aug 2004, Beijing and Shanghai, China)