The impact of assessment change on language learning strategies: views of a small group of Chinese graduate students
Jiang, Xiaoli and Sharpling, Gerard. (2011) The impact of assessment change on language learning strategies: views of a small group of Chinese graduate students. Asian EFL Journal, Vol.13 (Iss.4). pp. 33-78. ISSN 1738-1460Full text not available from this repository.
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Chinese students embarking on further studies within an English-speaking higher education environment face significant changes in assessment. This study, undertaken at University of Warwick (UK), reports on Chinese graduate students’ retrospective views of their developing language learning strategies, in the light of changes in assessment during their courses. The study charts the students’ perceptions of their own experiences over one year of study, beginning with their preparatory English course and ending upon completion of their Masters’ degree programme. The findings of the study show that the College English Test (CET) in China remains fixed within the learners’ mind-sets, at least in the early stages of their study, but that greater attention is paid to process-oriented learning strategies as their academic studies progress. The increased use of process-oriented strategies is closely connected with the nature of the changing learning environment available to the students, as well as the increased use of formative assessment. Findings from the interview data suggest that the learners demonstrate a variety of approaches to their studies, and that their strategies are, in all likelihood, shaped as much by individual, contextual and pragmatic factors as cultural ones. In spite of this diversity, participants do not seem to recognize the potential transferability of product-oriented learning strategies to their later academic studies.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Centre for Applied Linguistics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Asian EFL Journal|
|Publisher:||Time Taylor International Ltd.|
|Official Date:||December 2011|
|Number of Pages:||46|
|Page Range:||pp. 33-78|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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