A case for blended learning in EAP programs at Hong Kong universities

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Abstract

In this presentation I provide a rationale for a more effective use of digital technologies in university EAP programs. I first introduce the concept of “fragmented academic literacies” which arguably result from Hong Kong’s highly competitive, unequal and rigid primary and secondary education and the medium of instruction paradox. I then discuss how these fragmented literacies may be reproduced and perpetuated among Hong Kong university students by their past school experiences as well as by university curricula and traditional classroom-based teaching and learning practices at university.
Based on those insights, I outline how the use of digital technologies at various stages of the learning process could become a catalyst for pedagogical disruption and innovation by individualizing learning, enhancing cooperation among student-peers and leading to a more meaningful and productive use of face-to-face contact time between students and teachers. This will be illustrated with examples of digital learning materials and blended learning activities from various EAP contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on English for Specific Purposes: New Technologies and Digital Learning - Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Hong Kong
Duration: 7 Dec 20179 Dec 2017
https://www.polyu.edu.hk/engl/event/ESP2017/index/

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on English for Specific Purposes: New Technologies and Digital Learning
CountryHong Kong
CityHunghom
Period7/12/179/12/17
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Keywords

  • academic literacies
  • blended learning
  • EAP

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    GARRALDA ORTEGA, A. (2017). A case for blended learning in EAP programs at Hong Kong universities. International Conference on English for Specific Purposes: New Technologies and Digital Learning, Hunghom, Hong Kong.