Impact of E-Adoption on Teaching and Learning in the Context of Teaching French

Impact of E-Adoption on Teaching and Learning in the Context of Teaching French

Christèle Joly (Chinese International School, Hong Kong, China) and Nathalie Iseli-Chan (The University of Hong Kong, China)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/jea.2010070103
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Abstract

Growing use of information technology and communication (ICT) tools in language courses with communication at their core has brought opportunities as well as challenges in the predominantly conventional face-to-face context of the classroom. When the French programme in the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages at The Chinese University of Hong Kong started to integrate an e-learning platform into all language courses, students as well as teachers showed reservations and even disbelief. However, it was unexpected to observe such an interdependent relationship between new technologies and the conventional teaching approach. In this paper, the broad implications of the e-adoption applied to learning French as a foreign language are investigated to highlight students’ learning habits and learning process. The strategies used to make technology act as a facilitator across cultures, and various ways to savoir-faire diffusion are also discussed. The study shows how new technologies modify in-class teaching, while the traditional face-to-face teaching and learning approach can influence choices in the use of different web tools that lead to blended models of education.
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Implementation Of The French Platform Fre0000

When implementing the e-learning platform FRE0000, the French programme aimed to support existing face-to-face teaching practice. Support was provided in terms of:

  • Reinforcement of language and culture learning;

  • Reduction of in-class workload; and

  • Extension of face-to-face teaching and learning.

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