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Chinese Students' Expectations of Language Learning in Western Culture

Wright, Christina (2015) Chinese Students' Expectations of Language Learning in Western Culture. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (10). ISSN 2024-8032

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Abstract

This paper reports a small-scale study investigating Chinese students’ expectations of the teaching and learning techniques on a pre-sessional English language course at the University of Worcester. The preconceived view of the Chinese learner is one of passivity in English language classes in the UK, yet this research shows such behaviour does not signify lack of enthusiasm but rather lack of practice or possibly fear of losing face. Students were aware of the techniques they would experience on the course and, in contrast to these Western preconceptions, were generally accepting and expectant of participative classroom behaviour. However, those who had already been taught English by a native speaker showed greater awareness and acceptance of Western pedagogy. The personal attributes of the tutor, good teacher-student communication and a low-anxiety classroom environment were the factors they considered most conducive to good learning.

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Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (WJLT) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by the University of Worcester to disseminate academic articles, project reports and personal perspectives about Learning and Teaching written by staff associated with the University and its partners.

Uncontrolled Keywords: chinese learners (Confucian Heritage Cultures), Confucian philosophy, Western philosophy, Western pedagogies, learning and teaching expectations, learning, teaching, Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
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Copyright Info: Open access journal
Depositing User: Karol Kosinski
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 15:37
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2017 10:08
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5060

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