A Comparative Study of Blended Learning and Face-to-Face Instruction in University-Level Chinese Language Education

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Tingjie XU


This study examines university-level Chinese language education by comparing blended learning courses, which combine on-demand video-based classes and face-to-face Zoom classes, with conventional face-to-face courses. The data was drawn from the final exam grades and course evaluation questionnaires for the 2018-2020 academic years. The study resulted in two main conclusions: 1) In the case of grades, the blended learning classes, which were held remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, were as effective in achieving their learning goals as the regular face-to-face classes; 2) With regard to course evaluations, the scores of the two questions asked, (i.e. ways to attract student attention and methods of presenting teaching materials) were lower for the blended learning courses than for the 2018 and 2019 face-to-face courses. Therefore, it is clear that these two aspects must be prioritized in the future.


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