Home > Long Beach Students Get Chinese Language Tutoring Direct from Beijing


Long Beach Students Get Chinese Language Tutoring Direct from Beijing


A class at California State University, Long Beach has signed up to receive online tutoring in Chinese from eChineseLearning. The company, based in Beijing, provides Chinese language lessons for academic, business, and personal use through Skype. The program was piloted earlier this year by eight students in CSU's Asian and Asian American Studies Department who were studying the fundamentals of Chinese. Each student received an hour of tutoring each week.

"Students' feedback [was] very positive," wrote Tim Xie, an associate professor at CSU, in a report compiled after the pilot was completed. "The program is unique and useful. We can continue to use this service in the future."

"eChineselearning is really an excellent program that has no parallels," wrote one student in an evaluation of the program. "Having the ability to talk live with an instructor in Beijing is truly an awesome experience. Communication over the Internet is similar to the phone in sound quality, and while I had some initial complaints and reservations, I realized that it actually helped me to understand Chinese better."

The biggest challenge faced by the students involved scheduling, due to the 15-hour time difference between California and Beijing. For example, when it's Monday 6 p.m. in Los Angeles, it's Tuesday, 9 a.m. in Beijing. Students who worked in the evening found it difficult to schedule tutoring sessions that weren't extremely late.

Xie actually took a group of students to China and visited with the company. "Our teachers were impressed by how much their skills in Chinese have been improved," said eChineseLearning spokeswoman Clare Li.

Dian Schaffhauser is a writer who covers technology and business. Send your higher education technology news to her at dian@dischaffhauser.com.

Cite this Site

Dian Schaffhauser, "Long Beach Students Get Chinese Language Tutoring Direct from Beijing," Campus Technology, 9/10/2008, http://www.campustechnology.com/article.aspx?aid=67295

copy text (above) for proper citation

Recommended Reading
  • Vanderbilt U and Med Center Expand Wireless Network with Sprint and Nextel

    Vanderbilt University and Medical Center (VUMC) will be upgrading its wireless connectivity on campus with the help of Sprint, a long-time provider of wireless services to the school. Sprint will expand the existing system, including additional network coverage on both the Nationwide Sprint Network and the Nextel National Network covering eight buildings.

  • U Virginia Putting GageMap Software through Cycles in Engineering Program

    The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science Rotating Machinery and Controls (ROMAC) Industrial Program will be using EDAS GageMap software to conduct vibration analysis and simulate vibratory effects on industry-focused research projects.

  • Kansas' Johnson County CC Moves to Angel for Blended Course Delivery

    Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Overland Park, Kansas has adopted the Angel Learning Management Suite (LMS) to deliver online and blended courses. The largest of Kansas' 19 community colleges, JCCC chose to transition to the Angel LMS from Blackboard following a review of available products. According to a statement from the vendor, the college chose Angel for its stability, ease of use, and feature set.

  • Office Live Workspace: Shadowed by Google Docs?

    Microsoft last Wednesday touted the success of its online extension to Microsoft Office, a free browser-based application that's still in beta release. One million people so far have signed up to use the Microsoft Office Live Workspace Beta after six months of the beta's public availability, according to an announcement issued by the company.

  • Feeling Data Squeeze, Liberty U Installs New NetApp SANs

    Liberty University has installed a storage area network (SAN) from Network Appliance (NetApp) to accommodate an increase in enrollment and a greater reliance on digital information. The school has 11,300 resident students and 39,000 distance learners.

  • Teachers Domain Expands Content for Educators, Adds New Editions

    Teachers Domain, a free online resource for educators, has announced expanded content in science, math, art, social studies, and language arts. The online library is also launching two new editions: Teachers' Domain College Edition, designed for higher education, and VITAL New York on Teachers' Domain, providing resources for New York teachers that are aligned with the state's core curriculum.