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Language Connector. Guided English Conversation Learning. Dahwun Kim Jonathan Palley Wuping Lu. Huodoushan Village. Luanping County, Heibei Province, China One of the poorest village in the poorest county Provides drinking water for China’s Capital city; Beijing

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Language Connector

Guided English Conversation Learning

Dahwun Kim

Jonathan Palley

Wuping Lu


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Huodoushan Village

  • Luanping County, Heibei Province, China

  • One of the poorest village in the poorest county

  • Provides drinking water for China’s Capital city; Beijing

  • Therefore, the environment is stringently protected and no industry is allowed

Unique resource = Tourism

Most Beautiful part of The Great Wall (World Heritage of UNESCO)

Main source of income = Sell products to Tourists


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User – Bei

Bei’s Daily Life and Dream

My Name is Bei and I’m 14. I live in Huodoushan village with my mother, father, three sisters and one brother. I take care of them while my mother sells grass made toys and snacks to tourists.

My parents say good education is important so I go to school in the afternoon. In school we learn English but the teacher rarely speaks English. I think he doesn’t know much English. I cannot speak English.

I envy my friend’s big sister, Tao because she can speak English and she makes a lot of money as a tour guide.She says she will go to the big city or study abroad one day. I wish I could be like her.


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Learning Situation

  • 400 students (mean family income = $162 per year)

  • In 2002, Ameco company donated 40 computers with internet access.

  • Poor quality English teachers (high school diploma is the highest degree)

  • In 2003, Ameco sent 3 volunteers to teach intensive spoken English

  • Fluency in English will provide students with more opportunities.

  • Knowledge-based Learning vs Performance-based Learning

  • Need a long term solution.

Ameco Hope Middle school students in Huodoushan Village


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Language Connector

Allows distant native speaker volunteers

the ability to train local students

+

Voice and

Video over

IP + Guided

Conversation Space

Jane Doe

English Speaker

United States

Bei

Student

Huodoushan Village, China


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Educational Goals

  • What?

    • Focus : fluency in Speaking English

    • Provides pedagogical guided conversation with volunteer native speakers

  • How?

    • Guided Learning ; Scenario based learning activities and assessment tools

    • Performance-based ; Recording of conversation and feedback

  • So what?

    • Makes the conversation more structured so learning is effective

    • Scenario based learning mirroring real life situations

    • Builds Metacognitive skills (ability to monitor their learning)

    • Makes the learning fun and enjoyable

    • Motivates students

    • Improves English skills for hopes of future economic success


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Student: Step 1: Selecting Scenario

Jane Doe is online and ready to talk to you!

Select a Scenario:

Greeting Visitors

Taking a food order

Giving a tour of Wall

Giving Directions

Dealing with Money

NOTE: This screen will be in Chinese as well


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Student: Step 2: Reviewing Learning Goals

You are about to start the

Taking a Food Order Scenario

  • Here’s the words to try to use:

    • Menu

    • Spicy

    • Salty

    • Low-fat

    • Special

  • You should practice:

    • Answering questions about the menu

    • Taking an order

    • Responding to changes in orders

Begin

NOTE: This screen will be in Chinese as well


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Trainer: Guided Conversation Space

Shared visual space

with learner. Includes

images (i.e. menu) to

prompt conversation, and

drawing and whiteboard

tools

Provides questions and material for trainers –

guiding conversation

Scenario: Ordering Food

Based on menu, ask:

  • student to describe two items on menu

  • student’s recommended dish and why.

  • Chef’s special

  • Is [item] spicy?

  • Is [item] salty?

  • Is [item] fatty?

Place an order

  • Student should ask about drink

  • Ask how long it will take to make

  • Request price

You Said: “Fresh salad has most desire

I would say: “Fresh salad is the most desired”

Structured and recordable

templates for

feedback

The word is: abundance

Discussion

  • What would you put on the menu?

  • Why?

Vocab To Use

  • Hot

  • Rice

  • Spicy

Make Correction

Send Text

Move on to receiving food

Vocabulary student is trying to learn


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Student: Guided Conversation Space

Shared visual space

with learner. Includes

images (i.e. menu) to

prompt conversation, and

drawing and whiteboard

tools

Video over IP – video

greatly enhances ability

to learn language

Jane Doe

  • Scenario Progress

  • You’ve answer 12 of 30 questions.

  • You have used 5 of the recommended vocab words

  • Your trainer has made 10 corrections

You Said: “Fresh salad has most desire

I would say: “Fresh salad is the most desired”

Integrated

Vocabulary

lookup

The word is: abundance

Abundance: ###

Add to vocab

Recordable methods

to interact with trainer without interrupting

flow of conversation

Vocab To Use

  • Hot

  • Rice

  • Spicy

Please say that again

Can you type that word?

Vocabulary student is trying to learn


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Student: Feedback

Feedback

  • Comprehensible but may need some inferences

  • Questions you had trouble with:

    • What dish would you recommend

    • How long will it take

  • Word/Phrases to practice pronouncing

    • Spicy

    • Be right back

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