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Promoting a special learning environment for second language learning in a Chinese rural primary school

Qiaoyan He (UGent) , Martin Valcke (UGent) and Chang Zhu
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It has been a challenge for Chinese educators to improve the educational quality of big-size classrooms. In this reflective article, a special learning environment was implemented in an English classroom at a primary school in China. By involving “teacher”, “monitor students”, “tutor students”, “tutee students” and “at-risk students” as members of the learning community in the classroom, the teacher formed a holistic, interconnected and interactive learning structure. This learning structure supports the four stages of student development: “elaborative design”, “gradual maturity”, “independent operation” and “reinforcement and development”. From our practice, we found that the learning environment is suitable for the Chinese educational situation: (1) integrating multiple learning theories and learning activities to help students construct and apply their knowledge as well as develop their organizational, social and self-directed learning skills; (2) strengthening students’ learning responsibilities and competence to learn in a self-directed and collaborative way; (3) inspiring student learning interests, improve their learning outcomes, and promote the healthy development of student ability and intelligence.
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English course, primary school, learning community, cooperative learning by activity, self-directed interactive organizational model

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He, Qiaoyan, Martin Valcke, and Chang Zhu. 2011. “Promoting a Special Learning Environment for Second Language Learning in a Chinese Rural Primary School.” In Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, ed. Z Bekirogullari, 12:137–144. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier Science.
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He, Qiaoyan, Valcke, M., & Zhu, C. (2011). Promoting a special learning environment for second language learning in a Chinese rural primary school. In Z. Bekirogullari (Ed.), Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences (Vol. 12, pp. 137–144). Presented at the 2010 International conference on Education and Educational Psychology (ICEEPSY 2010), Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier Science.
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He Q, Valcke M, Zhu C. Promoting a special learning environment for second language learning in a Chinese rural primary school. In: Bekirogullari Z, editor. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier Science; 2011. p. 137–44.
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He, Qiaoyan, Martin Valcke, and Chang Zhu. “Promoting a Special Learning Environment for Second Language Learning in a Chinese Rural Primary School.” Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences. Ed. Z Bekirogullari. Vol. 12. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier Science, 2011. 137–144. Print.
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  abstract     = {It has been a challenge for Chinese educators to improve the educational quality of big-size classrooms. In this reflective article, a special learning environment was implemented in an English classroom at a primary school in China. By involving “teacher”, “monitor students”, “tutor students”, “tutee students” and “at-risk students” as members of the learning community in the classroom, the teacher formed a holistic, interconnected and interactive learning structure. This learning structure supports the four stages of student development: “elaborative design”, “gradual maturity”, “independent operation” and “reinforcement and development”. From our practice, we found that the learning environment is suitable for the Chinese educational situation: (1) integrating multiple learning theories and learning activities to help students construct and apply their knowledge as well as develop their organizational, social and self-directed learning skills; (2) strengthening students’ learning responsibilities and competence to learn in a self-directed and collaborative way; (3) inspiring student learning interests, improve their learning outcomes, and promote the healthy development of student ability and intelligence.},
  author       = {He, Qiaoyan and Valcke, Martin and Zhu, Chang},
  booktitle    = {Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences},
  editor       = {Bekirogullari, Z},
  issn         = {1877-0428},
  keywords     = {English course,primary school,learning community,cooperative learning by activity,self-directed interactive organizational model},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Kyrenia, Cyprus},
  pages        = {137--144},
  publisher    = {Elsevier Science},
  title        = {Promoting a special learning environment for second language learning in a Chinese rural primary school},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.02.019},
  volume       = {12},
  year         = {2011},
}

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