Raising Native Cultural Awareness Through WeChat
Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33) › 33_Other conference paper › peer-review
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|Publication status||Presented - 8 Dec 2017|
|Title||International Conference on ESP, New Technologies and Digital Learning|
|Location||Hong Kong Polytechnic University|
|Period||7 - 9 December 2017|
This study proposes a novel way of addressing the Aphasia of Chinese Cultural (Cong, 2000) via WeChat. Through two cycles of action research at a teacher-education university in East China, the study drew upon Communities of Practice (CoPs) theory to form a synchronous English chat group. Students were encouraged to share their understandings and to construct knowledge of Chinese cultural topics with teacher guidance while using WeChat. To probe into the students’ perceptions of how the WeChat community influenced cultural exchange and learning, chat logs, semi-structured interviews data and a teacher’s journal were analyzed. Findings suggest that the CoPs concept played a positive role in addressing the Chinese culture aphasia issue. Students became more willing to participate in their English chat community with a rise of trust and familiarity of group members over time. Students were motivated to use their personal, local and world knowledge through peer and multimodal discussion in order to share and learn new English expressions within a Chinese cultural context. Areas of improvement and pedagogical implications for building online CoPs with Computer Mediated Communication applications are discussed at the end of the article.
- Aphasia of Chinese Culture, WeChat, CoPs, peer discussion
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