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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 6, No. 3 (2010) open journal systems 


A research on a student-centred teaching model in an ICT-based English audio-video speaking class

Zhihong Lu, School of Humanities, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, P. R.
Leijuan Hou, School of Humanities, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, P. R.
Xiaohui Huang, School of Humanities, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, P. R.


Abstract
The development and application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the field of Foreign Language Teaching (FLT) have had a considerable impact on the teaching methodologies in China. With an increasing emphasis on strengthening students’ learning initiative and adopting a “student-centered” teaching concept in FLT, language teachers and researchers in China have resolved to explore effective and appropriate teaching models both in theory and practice. A range of reforms of college English teaching in China has demonstrated the shift of the teaching focus from enhancing students’ reading ability to their listening and speaking abilities. This paper aims to examine the feasibility of the student-centered teaching model utilized in an English audio-video speaking class (EAVSC) in computer-assisted language learning (CALL) environments at the authors’ university by carrying out two quantitative longitudinal case studies. The analysis of correlated data shows that this specific teaching model in general is both plausible and effective in improving students’ listening and speaking competence.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556