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Professor Zhang Xihua
Beijing International Studies University, China
Dr. Zhang Xihua, Professor of intercultural communication, cultural studies and English Education in Beijing International Studies University. In recent years, she has published more than 30 papers, 8 academic monographs and theoretical translated books. She is the chief editor of more than 20 textbooks.
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Integration, Innovation, Development: Opportunity and Practice for Application of Modern Educational Technology in English Teaching
In China, the State attaches importance to the work of Education Informatization and the Ministry of Education promulgated the “Educational Informatization Development Plan 2011-2020” and “the Annual Key Points of Education Informatization Work”. The “Internet +” action plan is put forward in the work report of Prime Minister Li Keqiang. The national education informatization policy helps guide universities to improve the quality of education. So information technology should be deeply integrated into English teaching and the advantages of the Internet can be well applied in English learning strategy and teaching modes with boundless resources. Education Informatization is also proposed in the Guide of College English Teaching, which is the Bible for College English Teaching. So from the state level and professional level, education informatization is emphasized. The opportunities and challenges of globalization motivate education informatization and speed up the process of education informatization.
Education informatization can be feasible in every perspective of English teaching. In BISU, there are at least three main ways to adopt it in practice. The first is online courses for students at different levels to study, where a teacher becomes a guide behind the learner instead of a sage on the stage. Learning contents, requirements, and assessments can be tailor-made. The second is a global shared classroom. The Appalachian State University of the US, University of Burapha of Thailand, Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Puebla University of Mexico and BISU share English classrooms simultaneously. Teachers and students from both sides can virtually sit in the same classroom and exchange with each other, where Internet and related facilities create a real intercultural communication environment to promote the real, immediate intercultural communication practice. It is a perfect combination of language, culture and communication, all-round cultivation of students’ intercultural communication ability without going abroad. The Application of CMIC in Cultivating Learners’ Cross-cultural Communication Competence proves efficient. The third is all students should finish 4 credits of online courses, which is to encourage students to learn excellent international courses and learn how to learn.
Be a learning teacher in times of education informatization as there are endless challenges from students in the era of IT, challenges from online teaching institutions, challenges from international sources.