Smart Learning Environments (2021-03-01)

The effectiveness of an online grammar study scheme for Chinese undergraduate students

  • Ryan John Windsor

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 8, no. 1
pp. 1 – 14


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Abstract This paper outlines and describes the effectiveness of a virtual learning environment (VLE) as a grammar learning resource for first year students at a university in southern China over two academic years. The resource, named the Independent Grammar Study Scheme (IGSS), offered short grammar exercises that were completed over a 14-week period by two cohorts of year one students. The results of this study suggest that IGSS was successful in raising the grammar test scores of participants in both 2018 and 2019; that IGSS was more beneficial to students with lower English proficiency in 2018 but not in 2019; and that the VLE has been of great benefit to the university and to around one thousand students thus far.