An evaluation of a constructivist approach to learning vocational English in a 3-week summer camp programme

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Abstract

It is commonly believed that vocational English can be more effectively acquired in a functional, situated and social context. Using a constructivist approach, teachers or instructors can facilitate learning by encouraging the participants to question their tacit knowledge on language use, and coaching them to learn through interactions with others. In 2017, a total of 42 first-year students from the BA (Hons) Language Studies programme participated in a 3-week summer camp programme organised by the Centre of Language in Education, Education University of Hong Kong. A series of vocational English workshops such as tour guide training, journalist training and MC training were delivered to students through an integration of internet technologies, group learning and simulated activities that took place within and off the university campus. A quantitative and qualitative evaluation was carried out and it was found that students were greatly motivated by the constructivist approach when authentic vocational activities were guided by expert practitioners situated in a culture of practice. Students also expressed that their procedural knowledge, including techniques, skills and abilities in the use of vocational English, was enhanced. Copyright © 2018 Asia TEFL.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

Citation

Wong, Y. W. (2018, June). An evaluation of a constructivist approach to learning vocational English in a 3-week summer camp programme. Paper presented at The 16th Asia TEFL 1st MAAL & 6th HAAL 2018 International Conference: English Language Teaching in the Changing Glocalised World: Research and Praxis, University of Macau, Macau, China.

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