Increasing Student Success and Engagement in Chinese Language Flipped Classrooms

February 13, 2019 - 12:15pm

Wednesday, Februrary 13, 2019 - Rescheduled
12:20 – 1:10 pm
Jones 35 & Online Streaming via WebEx

In foreign language teaching, the development and implementation of blended learning models has resulted not only in an increase in the quality of education, but also in the empowerment of language learners to engage more substantially in interpretive and communicative activities. Although many models and technologies for blended learning exist, in the case of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) such as Chinese, instructors who aim to adopt these approaches still face the challenge of developing their own digital materials to sustain such teaching methods. In this presentation we discuss the collaborative process we undertook to flip grammar-based lessons in a lower-level first-year Chinese course sequence. The lessons aim to provide students with opportunities to identify areas in need of review, and to practice key concepts so that they can more successfully participate in in-class language activities. We share lessons learned over a three-year period of materials development, and discuss the process for selecting an appropriate technology tools to increase student engagement with the content of the lessons and feedback options. Finally, we offer guidelines  to determine the most appropriate tools to deliver content in a flipped classroom.

Presenters: Hai Liu and Wei-Hsuan Lo, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures