Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) For Teaching English From The Ecuadorian Experience
Due to the importance of English in establishing academic and commercial relations in Ecuador, its teaching has been implemented through virtual learning environments (VLE) at all educational levels. The purpose of this paper is to describe the virtual environments used for teaching English from the Ecuadorian experience. In addition, an inventory of existing digital resources in the country was carried out, the most used virtual environments were consulted, and the indexes of productivity, human capital, competitiveness, innovation and social mobility were correlated with the English proficiency index (EPI) to determine the impact of the use of VLE on the communication skills of the Ecuadorian population. The results indicate that in Ecuador there has been a progressive growth in the use of EVA, with the Moodle platform being the most used for teaching English. However, Ecuadorians have a low command of English, which reduces their productivity and competitiveness in the labor field, so the capacities of teachers and teaching strategies should be improved to improve oral and written skills for English proficiency.