Blended learning to foster EFL college students’ global literacy

Yu Fen Yang, Nai Cheng Kuo

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Abstract

Few studies on higher education focus on how English as a Foreign Language (EFL) college students may enhance their global literacy through cross-cultural communication. This mixed methods research reports on a blended learning program with cross-cultural communication to foster EFL college students’ global literacy. A sample of 97 EFL college students volunteered to participate in a large-sized onsite English course with one-on-one online discussions between college students and teachers from different countries. Scores of the pre- and post-tests on English listening and reading proficiency were collected and analyzed by Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), while the students’ reflective journals and open-ended questionnaires were collected and analyzed by content analysis. The results revealed that the blended learning activities prompted the EFL college students to develop global literacy as they were engaged in cross-cultural communication by establishing online social connections with English teachers who were from different cultural backgrounds. These students might construct new knowledge in aspects of intellectual skills/knowledge, social/cultural competencies, and ethical disposition. Based on these, the students further provided both critical (reasoning and analysis) and creative feedback (giving suggestions) on global issues (global literacy). The pre- and post-test results verified their self-reported statements from the reflective journals that their English listening and reading proficiency improved. This blended learning program opens a door for EFL college students to the world where they may build, use, and share new knowledge with global literacy, leading to learners’ autonomy and English skills improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalComputer Assisted Language Learning
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Blended language learning
  • cross-cultural communication
  • EFL college students
  • global literacy
  • new knowledge construction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Computer Science Applications

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