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《Distance Education Journal》 2006-06
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A Comparative Study of the face-to-face tutorials between English Skill and Content Courses in Online Education

Cai Jing & Li Jinrong (the Institue of Online Education, Beijing Foreign Study University, Beijing 100089)  
The face-to-face tutorial has been regarded as an integral part of the learning support system of online education, and differs from the traditional classroom teaching in essence. The research makes a comparative study of the tutorials between "English at Work" and "Cross- cultural Communications", representing skill and content courses respectively, conducted in the Institute of Online Education at Beijing Foreign Studies University. It is intended to figure out to what the extent the learner-centered and task-based teaching approach advocated by Constructivism can be realized in the tutorials, how subject type affects the application of this approach and what attitudes the learners hold towards it. The research methods include questionnaire survey and statistical analysis. The results show that:(1) the learners rely heavily on the tutorial as a major means to promoting their learning;(2)subject types affects the tutors' choice and learners' evaluation of the learner-centered and task-based teaching approach; and(3)the awareness and use of some significant functions of the tutorial have yet to be strengthened on both parts of the tutors and learners. The implications for more effective delivery of the tutorial are also discussed.
【CateGory Index】: G434;H319
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