Collaborative learning between HK and UK students in design

Stefan Rudolf Sonntag, Yuk Wan Grace Lim, Li Xia

Research output: Unpublished conference presentation (presented paper, abstract, poster)AbstractAcademic researchpeer-review


This presentation reports an ongoing cross-institutional project between the School of Design in HKPU and the University of the Arts London. The major research objective of this project is to enhance PolyU students’ oral and written English proficiency through the weekly content specific dialogues between them and the students in the UK in the virtual environment. This presentation will first introduce the collaborative dialogue theory by Swain and Lapkin (2013) before suggesting it as a meaningful method in helping students improve their oral English proficiency. This presentation will then describe the hypothesis and the research design with particular focus on how this project has been carried out in the virtual environment at the time of the Coronavirus. Multiple methods are adopted in data collection: pre- and post-test of students’ oral proficiency, pre- and post-surveys as well as pre-intervention and post-intervention textual analysis of students’ writing samples. The preliminary finding of this project suggests that weekly collaborative dialogues could enhance students’ spoken communicative skills, their fluency, their attitude towards cultural communication and their writing in this discipline subject.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusNot published / presented only - 21 May 2021
Event3rd International Conference on English Across the Curriculum 2021 - Online
Duration: 20 May 202122 May 2021


Conference3rd International Conference on English Across the Curriculum 2021
Abbreviated titleEAC2021
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