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Friday, August 14 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Integrating Cultural Learning into the Process of Developing EFL Learners' Output Abilities in a CALL-based Course

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From the perspective of sociolinguistics, language learning is the jointly constructed process of transforming socially formed knowledge and skills into individual abilities. Schools and classrooms are important socio-cultural contexts consequential to individual learners’ development. As applied linguistics continues to incorporate innovative theoretical views and research methods from interdisciplinary approaches to language in use, research on the relationship between culture and language learning has gained much visibility in EFL classroom. However, approaches to cultural learning and the application of information and communication technology (ICT) seem not to have reached a similar level of innovation.

College English education in China has witnessed the changes in both teaching objectives and practical approaches accordingly. EFL learners’ cross-cultural awareness and comprehensive language abilities, especially their oral skills have been given top priority in higher education in China recently. Against this backdrop, the lead presenter has cooperated with some American educators and has worked out a series of English video-based textbooks for college students in China, Cultural Learning: the Smart Way to Study English (2003 through 2005) and Learning English Through Culture: Viewing, Listening, Speaking (2006). In this presentation, she will share her teaching and research experience with the audience and demonstrate how she has integrated the ideology of cultural learning, the goal of increasing EFL learners’ cross-cultural awareness, and developing their communicative ability into the blueprint of the computer-based course books, the curriculum design, and various output-driven task activities within and outside language classrooms. Through the innovative application of technologies with examples from the attached CD-ROMs of her books, some audio and video samples of the students’ formative track records of their performances in activities, and feedbacks from comprehensive surveys collected over the years, the presentation tries to offer some valid pedagogical suggestions and implications for other EFL course instructors and designers in CALL environments.

Speakers
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Wen, Lu

Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
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Liu, Liyan

Peking University
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Lu, Zhihong

Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications


Friday August 14, 2015 9:00am - 9:50am
Barker 133 (Plimpton) 12 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA