Plenary Session on Chinese Learners


Professor Owen HICKS
The University of Western Australia, Australia

Student members

Sze Man LI
School of Education and Languages, The Open University of Hong Kong

Elaine LAM
Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University

Scholar members

Professor Rui YANG
Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong

Professor Lilian KWAN
Associate Vice-President
Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College, P.R. China


The Chinese learner has remained mysterious and paradoxical. As Chinese students travel widely nowadays to study abroad, more and more academic attention has been paid to this issue. This session aspires to be a highlight of the Conference. The major aim is to provide a platform for colleagues from various socio-cultural contexts to share their experience in working with Chinese students and raise further questions. The session will start with a brief introduction to and some critique of the existing research on Chinese learners by Professor Rui Yang from the University of Hong Kong, followed by presentations and discussions by other panel members from Australia, Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. The session is designed to be informal and open-ended in nature in order to encourage lively and meaningful exchange of ideas. By interacting with the student members and scholars in the panel, a variety of perspectives on learning will be stimulated, including the Chinese and the non-Chinese, the scholarly and the practical.

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