The learning of a foreign language can be a lenghty and difficult process and there are few learning circumstances which can help this process. With the advent of technology, education has been going through changes in terms of learning evironments, tools etc. Compared with traditional learning environments, digital contexts and settings offer more opportunities for the classroom and language learning. It brings solutions to some of the challanges teachers face in traditional learning environments.
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Through an in-depth analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, this article offers a case study of the advantages and challenges in the application of the flipped learning approach in the instruction of Chinese as a foreign language at the beginning level. Data were collected from two first-year Chinese classes (one in traditional and the other in flipped format) to investigate whether there were statistically significant differences in learning outcomes and students’ levels of satisfaction between the two classes. Final exam and oral test scores showed that students in the flipped class performed better in speaking, since more time was devoted to meaningful interactions in class. As indicated in the results of the end-ofthe-semester questionnaire, these students also gave higher average ratings on three aspects of their learning experience: level of required self-directedness, amount of practice in class, and stimulation of interest in the subject. Continue reading