B-MELTT: Blending MOOCs for English Language Teacher Training

Marina Orsini-Jones, Barbara Conde Gafaro, Kate Borthwick, B. Zou, Malin WU

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Teachers’ beliefs exert a strong influence on their
practice. Therefore it is essential that students
undertaking teacher education develop an ability
to critically assess their own beliefs in relation to
practice. The B-MELTT (Blending MOOCs for English
Language Teacher Training) project explores how
the integration of an existing MOOC (Massive
Open Online Course) into ELT programmes at both
undergraduate and postgraduate level can impact
on students’ beliefs, while at the same time providing
them with the opportunity to engage in reflection
with a global community of practice. The participants
were students on ELT programmes in the UK, the
Netherlands and China, some were experienced
teachers and some were new to teacher education.
B-MELTT involved reflecting on ELT themes in three
ways: face-to-face in class; through a Virtual
Exchange with the project partners; and with
all the participants on the MOOC (around 40,000).
To the authors’ knowledge, there are no other
research studies of this nature available, where a
MOOC blend is used in conjunction with a Virtual
Exchange to support the reflection on professional
development in ELT. Another distinctive feature of
B-MELTT is that the action research cycle reported
here was driven by an ‘expert student’, which
enabled staff to see their practice from a novel
The results illustrate that B-MELTT stimulated a
reflection on what it means to be an autonomous
learner and an autonomous teacher in the digital
age. It is hoped that these results can provide the
ELT community with an innovative model of
professional development.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBritish Council
Commissioning bodyBritish Council
Number of pages41
ISBN (Electronic)ISBN 978-0-86355-922-8
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 31 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameEnglish Language Teaching Research Award (ELTRA) - Teaching English Research Paper
PublisherBritish Council ISBN 978-0-86355-922-8


  • MOOC, ELT, Reflective Practice, Action-Research, China, BMELTT (Blending MOOCs for English Language Teacher Education), Beliefs, Autonomy, Flipped MOOC blend
  • Teacher training
  • autonomy, English Language Teaching, expert students, alien, troublesome, beliefs, MOOC, blended learning, metacognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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