by Dr. Andy Gao
Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong
Date: 22nd February 2012
In this presentation, I draw on my previous research on Chinese learners’ out-of-class learning experiences to illustrate three conditions for individual learners to have sustainable out-of-class learning efforts. First, learners need to be committed to learning languages as a means to pursue ‘ideal selves’. Second, learning environments make it both necessary and motivating for individuals to take on out-of-class learning initiatives. Third, learners’ out-of-class learning efforts are more likely to be sustainable and successful if learners undertake them within supportive social networks.
About the speaker:
Xuesong (Andy) Gao is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University ofHong Kong. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of sociolinguistics, vocabulary studies, language learning narratives, and language teacher education.
Category: Uncategorized Comments Off