Sicong Li

2422319l@student.gla.ac.uk

Research title: Implementing Technology-enhanced English Language Teaching with Music at Preschools in China: Students’ Experience, Engagement and Performance

Research Summary

As a teacher with more than five years of English teaching experience in different early education institutions in China, I have found that the learning characteristics and cognitive process of students in this age group are not fully recognized by many early education institutions in their English education practice.

One of the facts attract my attention, English teachers are likely to ignore or skip the chants if they are given in the textbooks. At the same time, the actuality is that ICT infrastructure is used by China’s kindergarten teachers at an extremely low levels and frequencies.

The project is aimed at bridging this gap by examining the implementation of enhanced-technology and music class in teaching English in kindergarten in China. Specifically, it explores students’ experience, engagement and performance in developing language skills and communication skills. It is hoped that recommendations and guidance for implementation of this teaching approach would be obtained based on actual experience.

Publications

 

Conference

Li, S., Lally, V. and Odena, O. (2019) Technology-Enhanced Language Teaching with Music in Chinese Kindergarten: Investigating Implementation and Efficacy. In: 12th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI2019), Seville, Spain, 11-13 Nov 2019, ISBN 9788409147557 (Accepted for Publication) http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/198730/

Teaching

01/08/2017- Present Big English Co-founder and Education Director
Launched the English educational company, recruited and trained new teachers, offered English classes to students

01/08/2016-01/08/2017 Wall street English VVIP Team Leader
Taught adult students from 18 to 68 years old in one-on-one classes

01/08/2015-01/08/2016 EF Education First Local Senior teacher. Taught students English from 3 to 16 years old

01/09/2013- 01/09/2014 Leeds Confucius Institute TCSL Teacher