【主讲】：Bruce James Morrison 教授
【时间】：2018 年4月 26日 上午: 10：00-12：00 下午: 14：00-16：00
University students’ conceptions of the “good” teacher: What do Hong Kong tertiary students think?
One way that universities assess teaching effectiveness is by eliciting student feedback, usually in the form of responses to an institutional survey which asks students to judge the performance of their teacher according to specified criteria. However, by what standards do the students themselves judge whether a lecturer is a “good” or a “bad” teacher? As part of a study carried out at a university in Hong Kong which examined the language-related challenges non-native English speaking students faced when making the transition to English-medium higher education in Hong Kong, students were interviewed about their first-year learning experience and asked what they felt constituted “good’ and “bad” teaching. Unlike when asked to complete teacher effectiveness surveys, no criteria or characteristics were suggested. The responses focused primarily on how effective the teachers were in motivating their class and the degree to which their teaching was systematic and clear. The results have potential implications for institutions both in terms of the design of their teaching effectiveness surveys as well as their teacher development initiatives.
English language learning beyond the formal curriculum
This talk will comprise three sections. In the first, in order to provide the pedagogical context, I will review how English language teaching methodology has developed over the past century in Europe, the US and China. The second part of the talk will very briefly focus on defining what we mean by the term “the formal curriculum”, before then moving on to the main focus of the presentation – what learning and teaching opportunities lie beyond the formal curriculum? We will firstly examine this question from a historical perspective, from Confucius to latter day proponents of independent and autonomous learning, considering briefly the educational thinking that has underpinned developments in more informal modes of education. Finally, four twenty-first century trends in language learning beyond the curriculum will be presented and discussed.
【Bruce James Morrison简介】
2003年至今担任香港理工大学英语语言中心主任，负责英语语言中心的整体学术和行政工作。主要研究领域：香港学生以英语为媒介的学习经验、 自主语言学习、 技术辅助下的语言教育、教师发展。出版专著5本，在国际知名期刊发表文章30余篇，承担或者参与项目20余个。
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