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Thursday, July 30 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
P55: Renovating Language Labs to Facilitate Classroom Interaction in Language Education

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Constructivist pedagogies such as active learning and peer learning are widely seen as more effective compared with traditional didactic teaching (Donwell & Eison, 1991; Topping 2005). The role of peer interaction is especially important in language education (Sato & Ballinger, 2016). Yet peer interaction may be inhibited by physical limitations of classrooms.

In an attempt to create a more flexible active learning space, all 9 multi-purpose classrooms (also known as language labs) in CUHK have been fully or partially remodeled in 2019. Desktop computers have been replaced with laptops. Some fixed tables were replaced with movable ones. Flexible dividing boards with a “pull-up” design were installed between each seat. The design goal was to minimize physical and visual barriers among users. The space was designed to encourage both peer-to-peer and peer-to-teacher interaction, while maintaining the flexibility to be converted to other usage, such as exam or individual language practice.

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Thursday July 30, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm HKT
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