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Conference Paper: Peer tutoring: Out-of-class speaking opportunities

TitlePeer tutoring: Out-of-class speaking opportunities
Authors
Issue Date2012
PublisherCentre for Applied English Studies (CAES), the University of Hong Kong.
Citation
The Academic English Symposium 2012, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1 June 2012 How to Cite?
AbstractOut-of-class learning will become a large component of all English courses in the new curriculum at HKU. However, experience shows it is particularly difficult to provide out-of-class speaking opportunities. This paper reports on a collaborative project by the Centre for Applied English Studies and the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (both at HKU) which recruits students who are native- or expert-speakers of English to volunteer their time to provide face-to-face speaking opportunities for other students of the university. This form of peer-tutoring has its origins both in tandem learning (Voller & Pickard 1996 through to Schwienhorst 2009) and in the development of Learning Commons (see for example, learningcommons.sfu.ca and Demeter 2011). The HKU programme has become popular with students at all levels of proficiency because it has sufficient flexibility to offer: confidence raising for anxious speakers, ad hoc tutoring for those needing improvement, natural language interaction for higher level speakers and an opportunity for highly local knowledge exchange between the tutors and tutees (the development of Knowledge Exchange is a theme that is currently being strongly promoted by the UGC). Using data collected through questionnaires and focus groups this presentation reports on the perceived benefits of the scheme both for tutors and tutees, and suggests ways to facilitate such a scheme in other institutions.
DescriptionConference Theme: Research into Practice in the Four-year curriculum
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/166389

 

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dc.contributor.authorGardner, DPen_US
dc.contributor.authorVoller, PWen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-20T08:33:43Z-
dc.date.available2012-09-20T08:33:43Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe Academic English Symposium 2012, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1 June 2012en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/166389-
dc.descriptionConference Theme: Research into Practice in the Four-year curriculum-
dc.description.abstractOut-of-class learning will become a large component of all English courses in the new curriculum at HKU. However, experience shows it is particularly difficult to provide out-of-class speaking opportunities. This paper reports on a collaborative project by the Centre for Applied English Studies and the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (both at HKU) which recruits students who are native- or expert-speakers of English to volunteer their time to provide face-to-face speaking opportunities for other students of the university. This form of peer-tutoring has its origins both in tandem learning (Voller & Pickard 1996 through to Schwienhorst 2009) and in the development of Learning Commons (see for example, learningcommons.sfu.ca and Demeter 2011). The HKU programme has become popular with students at all levels of proficiency because it has sufficient flexibility to offer: confidence raising for anxious speakers, ad hoc tutoring for those needing improvement, natural language interaction for higher level speakers and an opportunity for highly local knowledge exchange between the tutors and tutees (the development of Knowledge Exchange is a theme that is currently being strongly promoted by the UGC). Using data collected through questionnaires and focus groups this presentation reports on the perceived benefits of the scheme both for tutors and tutees, and suggests ways to facilitate such a scheme in other institutions.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherCentre for Applied English Studies (CAES), the University of Hong Kong.-
dc.relation.ispartofAcademic English Symposiumen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titlePeer tutoring: Out-of-class speaking opportunitiesen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailGardner, DP: dgardner@.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailVoller, PW: pvoller@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.hkuros208700en_US
dc.publisher.placeHong Kong, China-

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