The Application of Free Web Tools to E-learning Platforms for Integrating Cantonese Opera into Hong Kong Chinese Language Education in the Era of Web 2.0

By Fung Ping, Dorothy Ng, Wai-ip, Joseph Lam and Kai-kwong Choi.

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: This article presents the application of weblogs as e-learning platforms to the new curriculum for integrating Cantonese opera into Chinese language education in Hong Kong. The application is outstanding because it is applied to such a unique curriculum which contains rich and varied learning content from language to literature and from culture to performing arts. The richness and variety of the curriculum in turn favour the trial of choosing and integrating free web tools into weblogs as e-learning platforms. Apart from setting up weblogs for learners by the authority centrally, learners can scaffold their own weblogs as learning outcomes. It is found that weblogs embedded with web tools as e-learning platforms can enrich the curriculum, and the learners can acquire new literacy on the top of learning content. As other explorations of this kind are mostly confined to a smaller scope (such as a particular course by an individual teacher), it is hoped that the empirical study reported in this article would be a significant reference to applications of Web 2.0 in education.

Keywords: Cantonese Opera, E-learning, Language Education, Web Tools, Web 2.0

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 12, pp.67-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.063MB).

Dr. Fung Ping, Dorothy Ng

Assistant Professor, Division of Language & Literature, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dr. Ng joined The University of Hong Kong in 1995. She is currently an Assistant Professor within the Language and Literature division, Faculty of Education and was previously an Assistant Professor within the Department of Curriculum Studies. Dr. Ng is also a member of the Hong Kong University Fundraising committee. Dr. Ng’s PhD titled “A study of the role of medium of instruction in mediating learning experience in CMI (Chinese as medium of instruction) and EMI (English as medium of instruction) classroom in Hong Kong” was nominated for the best thesis of Social Science in 2006. Of particular interest, Dr. Ng recently designed a new course to integrate Cantonese opera into the new senior Chinese language curriculum. To develop this course, Dr. Ng received a significant donation of 2.5 million. Cantonese opera is a significant cultural treasure and thus integrating it into the curriculum is a highly significant development in Hong Kong schools. Dr. Ng also has an interest in variation theory in teaching and learning and conducts workshops for teachers in developing reading skills training in Chinese.

Wai-ip, Joseph Lam

Teaching Consultant, Division of Language & Literature, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Kai-kwong Choi

Project Coordinator, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


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