Engaging Students to Chinese Language Enhancement Classes With Communication-Intensive Components


One of the University educational aims for undergraduate curricula in the University of Hong Kong is to enhance and promote communication and collaboration among students. The goal is to provide students with consistent and constant opportunities to communicate effectively in academic, professional, and social settings. Furthermore, the university is committed to the facilitation of environments in which students continually work with others and learn how to make constructive contributions in group work. The University approved the Communication intensive courses initiative in 2018-19 by recognizing courses that provide HKU students with the core communicate competences needed for creative, economic, and social success on campus and in the workplace. In traditional classrooms, students learning Chinese are expected to listen to lectures and work on related assignments to strengthen their understanding and mastery of the knowledge gained in class. However, in CiC courses, the focus is on the four main areas of communication: (i) oral literacy, (ii) written literacy, (iii) visual literacy, and (iv) digital literacy. In our Chinese language enhancement courses, which are Communication-intensive badged, students gain communication skills through a variety of activities including in-class discussions, assessed and non-assessed tasks and/or assignments, guest workshops, and peer and teacher feedback on both speaking practice and written assignments. After completing the CiC courses, our students develop certain abilities and attributes of effective communicators. These courses enhance our students’ communication skills, which was demonstrated by the results of the pre-course and postcourse surveys.

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Ming Wai Christy Chung, The University of Hong Kong, China

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Conference: IICE2022
Stream: Curriculum Design & Development

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Chung M. (2022) Engaging Students to Chinese Language Enhancement Classes With Communication-Intensive Components ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2022 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-1036.2022.17
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-1036.2022.17

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