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Open and distance language learning at the Shantou Radio and TV University, China, and the Open University, United Kingdom: a cross‐cultural perspective

Hurd, Stella (2006). Open and distance language learning at the Shantou Radio and TV University, China, and the Open University, United Kingdom: a cross‐cultural perspective. Open Learning, 21(3) pp. 205–219.

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Abstract

Open and distance learning is experiencing rapid growth throughout the world. China in particular is undergoing a massive expansion of its distance EFL programmes. This global phenomenon challenges all those involved in delivering distance learning materials to examine current practice and the assumptions and expectations that underlie it, with particular regard to the factors influencing approaches to learning, not least the extent of the effect of differing cultural backgrounds. The cross‐cultural study which forms the subject of this paper investigates foreign language students in two very different open and distance learning cultures, The Open University, United Kingdom and the Shantou Radio and TV University, China. It seeks to investigate different attitudes to the distance teaching of languages as spelt out in the two groups’ answers to questions relating to beliefs, difficulties and learning strategies.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2006 The Open University
ISSN: 0268-0513
Keywords: autonomy; beliefs; culture; open and distance learning; languages; strategies
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 6001
Depositing User: Users 13 not found.
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2006
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2011 21:55
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/6001
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