Adopting a musical intelligence and elearning approach to improve the english language pronunciation of Chinese students

Wu, L. and McMahon, M. (2012) Adopting a musical intelligence and elearning approach to improve the english language pronunciation of Chinese students. [Conference Proceedings]

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Abstract

This study investigates the use of musical intelligence to improve the English pronunciation of Chinese third level students. It is relevant for a human centered systems engineering approach to cross-cultural interaction. Language learning is important as valid communication can help interactions between countries, this also may improve international stability. There are natural barriers between the English and Chinese language which are reflected in teaching approaches. The teaching of English in Chinese classrooms is removed from real world English learning environments. The academic environments and approaches focus on the learning of grammar, spelling and writing with little real life conversation and interaction with native English speakers. Correct pronunciation and accent is therefore diminished. This study demonstrates that a musical intelligence eLearning approach can benefit Chinese English language students.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Cross culture interaction; ELearning; English language pronunciation; International Stability; Musical Intelligence; System engineering education; Academic environment; Cross culture; E-learning approach; Engineering approaches; English languages; Human centered systems; Teaching approaches; Computer aided instruction; E-learning; Stability; Students; Systems engineering
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2015 08:40
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2015 18:37
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/3877

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