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ERIC Number: EJ789811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1470-3297
Reducing Cultural Barriers via Internet Courses
Xing, Minjie; Spencer, Ken
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v45 n2 p169-181 May 2008
A Web-based learning environment has been developed to support students from China who are studying in the UK and are confronted by many cultural barriers, which may impede their academic studies. The electronic environment incorporates a number of approaches to support learning, ranging from a simple text-based presentation to more active methods, including opportunities to use search-based learning strategies. Experimental results demonstrate a clear advantage for these active approaches. Internet support was also provided for students in the form of an e-learning course for academic writing, which featured extensive opportunities for interactions with English peers. The experimental results demonstrated that the group with access to the e-course successfully acquired skills, resulting in their academic writing being indistinguishable from native English speakers. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; United Kingdom