Blended Language Classes

Grant program: Teaching and Learning Development Grant (TLDG)

Grant recipient: Billie Ng, Language Training Institute

Project team: Sally Huang, research assistant

Timeframe: September 2016 to August 2017

Funding: $5,000

Course addressed: CHIN 100 – Mandarin Chinese

Final report: View Billie Ng's final report (PDF)

Description: I would like to redesign CHIN 100 Mandarin Chinese into a blended course and to investigate if this approach is better for students learning Mandarin Chinese.

Questions addressed:

  • Do students access online resources posted by instructor for the course?  How often?
  • Is there more independent learning? Are students acquiring information from additional sources other than what is posted by the instructor? How do they find these additional resources?
  • Is there more individualized learning?
  • Do students learn better (than those in previous semesters)?
  • Does it improve retention rate?
  • Do students prefer a blended mode of instruction?

Knowledge sharing: Findings of this project will be shared with Language Training Institute colleagues at monthly meetings and end-of-semester seminars, the SFU community at workshops, conferences and other events, and language instructors from other universities and institutes at conferences.

Ng, B. (2018, April). 翻转课堂与混合式汉语教学的一些思考 (Rough translation: Reflections on flipped classrooms and Chinese teaching). Presentation at the 14th Canadian National TCSL Symposium, Canadian TCSL Association, Vancouver, BC.

Keywords: Language learning, online materials, video, animation, online quizzes, online exercises, individualized learning, independent learning, questionnaires, course retention, Blended learning, flipped classrooms, Mandarin Chinese, technology, language instruction.