Learning Language but Not Only Language – A Case Study on COIL in International Settings (76111)

Session Information: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics
Session Chair: Chandra Mohan Vasudeva Panicker

Saturday, 25 November 2023 10:00
Session: Session 1
Room: Room F (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The world is going increasingly globally, raising the need to facilitate communications between different cultural communities. Language education has its role in this process. While language education includes multiple perspectives, this paper focuses on the learning outcomes of a COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) project conducted in international settings involving two Chinese and American universities. The researchers sent out surveys to 65 students after the COIL project to collect students' feedback and conducted critical content analysis. Results showed: 1) Students from both countries mentioned the increase in language skills, including the speaking and oral perspectives; 2) Students from both universities expressed a deeper understanding of cultures from the other side; 3) Students from both sides expressed their willingness to continue the project and the hope to build longer relationships with the other side; 4) Chinese students reported they had more confidence and courage to speak, while American students wrote about their awareness of the lack of communications in best practices. Some challenges identified by the students included: the issue of continuous and clear instructions from both sides and the influences of different time zones on the schedules of the meeting sessions. The researchers suggested: 1) A smoother communication channel would be helpful for conducting the COIL projects; 2) The COIL should be recognized for its significant effects on students' communication motivations and students' language skills; 3) Practitioners and researchers should create opportunities for building longer-term relationships for students after the COIL project.

Shuguang Wang, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
Yi Zhou, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Shuguang Wang is a University Doctoral Student at UNC-CH in United States

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00