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The pedagogical, linguistic and content features of popular English language learning websites in China : a framework for analysis and design

Kettle, Margaret A., Yuan, Yifeng, Luke, Allan, Ewing, Robyn, & Shen, Huizhong (2012) The pedagogical, linguistic and content features of popular English language learning websites in China : a framework for analysis and design. Frontiers of Education in China, 7(4), pp. 534-552.

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Abstract

As increasing numbers of Chinese language learners choose to learn English online (CNNIC, 2012), there is a need to investigate popular websites and their language learning designs. This paper reports on the first stage of a study that analysed the pedagogical, linguistic and content features of 25 Chinese English Language Learning (ELL) websites ranked according to their value and importance to users. The website ranking was undertaken using a system known as PageRank. The aim of the study was to identify the features characterising popular sites as opposed to those of less popular sites for the purpose of producing a framework for ELL website design in the Chinese context. The study found that a pedagogical focus with developmental instructional materials accommodating diverse proficiency levels was a major contributor to website popularity. Chinese language use for translations and teaching directives and intermediate level English for learning materials were also significant features. Content topics included Anglophone/Western and non-Anglophone/Eastern contexts. Overall, popular websites were distinguished by their mediation of access to and scaffolded support for ELL.

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ID Code: 54072
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: computer-assisted language learning CALL, English Language Learning in China , online learning, website design
DOI: 10.3868/s110-001-012-0027-7
ISSN: 1673-3533
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > LOTE ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori) (130207)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Brill Academic Publishers
Deposited On: 11 Oct 2012 14:51
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 02:20

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