The Integration of an E-learning Platform in French Curricula at The Chinese University of Hong Kong: A Successful Challenging Project
Since January 2008, the French programme of the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages at the Chinese University of Hong Kong has been working on the development of the e-learning platform Moodle FRE0000 for students of all French classes. The project aims at:
§ Enhancing the communication between teachers-students, students-students and teachers-teachers.
§ Transmitting information and exposing students to French language and culture.
§ Providing resources and thus improving students’ learning process.
§ Creating a community’s spirit among students from all faculties taking French courses.
§ Modifying students’ learning habits and developing their sense of autonomy.
In this regard, we focused on 3 aspects:
§ Interactions and change of roles: The use of communication tools such as teachers’ and students’ forums, forums with specific purposes, chat and messages affects students’ and teachers’ roles and behaviors. This student-oriented approach develops learning communities and increase students’ sense of autonomy.
§ Use of web 2.0 technologies and enhancement of attractiveness and effectiveness in learning: Introduction of blogs, gong, hotpot exercises, animated gifs for games/events, slideshows and wiki gives a new dimension to learning a foreign language.
§ Content for learning and feedbacks: The platform plays the role of a resources center with complementary (audio clips, notes about grammar…) and supplementary (video clips and; dictations…) materials. To a certain extent, it allows feedbacks and assessment.
The integration of e-learning tools in French curricula definitely improved learning and teaching in various aspects and at different levels. Its applicability makes this case study interesting for use in a wide range of contexts.
Keywords: Second Language Acquisition, Enhancing Attractiveness and Effectiveness in Learning, Widening Student Participation, Increasing Sense of Autonomy, Social Benefits of e-Learning, E-Learning to Support Communities and Individuals
French Instructor, Department of Linguistics and Modern languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
French Instructor, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong