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Title: Developing a blended learning model in an EFL class

Authors: Zhinong Sun; Xu Qiu

Addresses: School of Foreign Languages, Anhui Agricultural University, 130 West Changjiang Road, Hefei 230036, China ' School of Foreign Languages, Anhui Agricultural University, 130 West Changjiang Road, Hefei 230036, China

Abstract: The application of blended learning approach in foreign language teaching has become quite prevalent in language classes worldwide. As opposed to pure e-learning which involves only electronic media in the learning process, blended learning supplements traditional face-to-face teaching and learning environment with different kinds of technology-based instruction. The basic objective of the present study is to outline a framework of blended learning model in college English teaching applicable in China EFL class environment, and a case study was conducted to investigate its effectiveness. A total of 96 non-English major students who study intensive English at a China's key university participated in the study. The experimental group studied the target course through blended learning strategies, and their performance was evaluated through comparing the results got from a pretest, progress test and post-test, respectively, to check the effectiveness of the model. Questionnaires and semi-structured interviews were also conducted to identify students' evaluation of the blended learning model. It was observed that the participants of the study perceived the model to be useful and helpful for the improvement of their English proficiency. In addition, it was found that the participants in the experimental class received higher scores for their post-test at the end of the study. Based on the main findings, modifications have been made to the model and further suggestions and implications are provided.

Keywords: blended learning; EFL; e-learning; English as a foreign language; face-to-face teaching; electronic learning; online learning; language learning; China; higher education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2017.080998

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2017 Vol.27 No.1/2, pp.4 - 21

Available online: 13 Dec 2016 *

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