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English Online Tutoring: A Study of University Students Learning to Teach Junior High Students

Hung-Hsuan Kao 1, Chiou-Hui Chou 2 *
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1 Jinwen University of Science and Technology, 99 Anzhong Rd., Xindian Dist., New Taipei City 23154, TAIWAN2 National Hsinchu University of Education, 521 Nanda Road, Hsinchu, 300, TAIWAN* Corresponding Author
Mediterranean Journal of Social & Behavioral Research, 2(1), July 2018, 3-7,
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Since 2006, the Ministry of Education in Taiwan has collaborated with universities to launch synchronous online one-on-one tutoring in afterschool programs at rural schools to provide educational e-learning opportunities. The purpose of implementing the free online tutoring program is further to bridge the gap of students’ academic performance and the gap of learning opportunities between urban and rural schools. This study investigated how EFL university students learned to tutor junior high students English in an online afterschool program. Twenty-two students participated in this tutoring program. The research data were collected from the tutors’ reflective journal notes after each tutoring session, meeting discussions, and the post-project survey. Research results showed this tutoring project inspired the tutors to be teachers, to develop their sense of responsibility, to be independent, and to learn to care students. This study then offers pedagogical implications and suggestions for researchers and educators interested in researching into this topic.


Kao, H.-H., & Chou, C.-H. (2018). English Online Tutoring: A Study of University Students Learning to Teach Junior High Students. Mediterranean Journal of Social & Behavioral Research, 2(1), 3-7.


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