Language Learning

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13

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Alternative Language Enhancement Approaches at CUHK: Implementation, Achievements and the Way Forward of the English Across the Curriculum (EAC) Project and Peer Tutoring Scheme

Dr. Jose LAI, English Language Teaching Unit, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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The English Across the Curriculum (EAC) project and Interactive Lounge, funded by the Teaching Development and Language Enhancement Grant (TDLEG) for the 2016–2019 triennium, were language enhancement initiatives launched by the English Language Teaching Unit at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The EAC project is an institutional movement aiming to enhance students’ disciplinary literacy by collaborating with content teachers through Community of Practice (CoP) projects. To date, more than 20 CoPs have been established within seven faculties. With its successful practices, the project team received further funding for the current triennium (2019–2022) not only to continue with the implementation of CoP projects, but also to expand its scope of service by incorporating eLearning components, e.g., in forms of online learning tools and micro-modules, as well as cultivating a non-academic writing culture by organizing workshops, competitions and publications.

The Interactive Lounge, a spin-off project from EAC, aimed to enrich students’ informal English learning experiences by conducting theme-based interactive workshops and providing peer tutoring services in both online and offline modes. In the three years of implementation, the project team had conducted close to 80 workshops and provided over 1,500 peer tutoring sessions. In the current triennium, Interactive Lounge has also obtained funding to continue its service as two separate TDLEG projects: Project Chrysalis and Peer Tutoring Scheme.

This presentation will cover the implementation models, intervention processes and achievements of both projects in the previous triennium. Major changes to project design in the current triennium will also be highlighted.

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