Factors Interfering Students’ Learning Effect in Multimedia-Based ESL Classes in China


  • Li Ma Dalian University of Technology, China




interference, multimedia, ESL


Multimedia technology has become a popular and indispensable part of ESL teaching with its distinguished features of richness in texts, graphics, animation, sound and etc. However, its drawbacks are recognized and studied by an increasing number of researchers. In this paper, the author analyzes three key factors that interfere students’ learning effect in multimedia-based ESL classes in China, ie. overload information, aural and visual interference, shortage of affective communication, and proposes some countermeasures. It is suggested that instructors, as the guide of students’ learning activities, should learn some theories of multimedia learning and put them into practice when designing the teaching content and making courseware for learners-oriented ESL classes assisted by multimedia technology.  


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