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Article: Understanding the quality of out-of-class English learning

TitleUnderstanding the quality of out-of-class English learning
Authors
Issue Date2014
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/seccss.asp?CID=209&DID=1679
Citation
TESOL Quarterly, 2014 How to Cite?
AbstractOut-of-class learning constitutes an important context for human development, and active engagement in out-of-class activities is associated with successful language development. However, not all out-of-class experiences are equally beneficial to learning, and it is of paramount importance to understand what quality out-of-class English language learning entails. This study surveyed 82 middle school EFL students on their out-of-class English language learning in order to identify the characteristics of the experiences that are associated with good learning outcomes. The study found that out-of-class learning composed of diversified constituents that met the varied needs in language learning and complemented in-class learning by striking a balance between focus on meaning and focus on form were positively associated with good English grades, English language learning efficacy, and enjoyment. It also found that parents and teachers were significant sources of influence on the quality of students' out-of-class learning.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/200986
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.513
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.460

 

DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorLai, C-
dc.contributor.authorZhu, WH-
dc.contributor.authorGong, G-
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-21T07:08:48Z-
dc.date.available2014-08-21T07:08:48Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationTESOL Quarterly, 2014-
dc.identifier.issn0039-8322-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/200986-
dc.description.abstractOut-of-class learning constitutes an important context for human development, and active engagement in out-of-class activities is associated with successful language development. However, not all out-of-class experiences are equally beneficial to learning, and it is of paramount importance to understand what quality out-of-class English language learning entails. This study surveyed 82 middle school EFL students on their out-of-class English language learning in order to identify the characteristics of the experiences that are associated with good learning outcomes. The study found that out-of-class learning composed of diversified constituents that met the varied needs in language learning and complemented in-class learning by striking a balance between focus on meaning and focus on form were positively associated with good English grades, English language learning efficacy, and enjoyment. It also found that parents and teachers were significant sources of influence on the quality of students' out-of-class learning.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/seccss.asp?CID=209&DID=1679-
dc.relation.ispartofTESOL Quarterly-
dc.rights© 2014 TESOL International Association-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleUnderstanding the quality of out-of-class English learning-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLai, C: laichun@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityLai, C=rp00916-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/tesq.171-
dc.identifier.hkuros232233-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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