The implications of active blended learning for English teaching in a Chinese university


  • Huan Zhang Henan Normal University
  • Bob Fisher University of Northampton



Blended learning, Pedagogical design, college English training, active blended learning


Blended Learning (BL), which is usually defined as a combination of face to face (F2F) and online instruction, has attracted considerable interest in recent years and has been increasingly adopted within the higher education sector. In this research, a thematic inductive analysis was conducted to explore how the practice of Active Blended Learning (ABL) at a British university, University of Northampton (UON) might inform the BL College English teaching curriculum design at a Chinese university, Henan Normal University (HNU), so that students may enjoy a more enhanced learning experience in both online and F2F contexts. In the study, 10 teachers from different disciplines at UON and 10 College English teachers from HNU were interviewed for between 45 and 60 minutes. The findings of this study suggest that the implementation of BL in College English courses at HNU should be supported by the institution in terms of pedagogical design, policy, staff development, technical infrastructure and small class size.

Author Biographies

Huan Zhang, Henan Normal University

Huan Zhang is a lecturer in the Faculty of International Studies at Henan Normal University in China. Her research interests are Blended Learning and College English Teaching.

Bob Fisher, University of Northampton

Bob Fisher is a Principal Lecturer and Subject Leader for Educational Linguistics at the University of Northampton. His research interests include key English for Academic Purposes, Phonology, Data-driven Learning and Business Communications.


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How to Cite

Zhang, H. and Fisher, B. . (2022) “The implications of active blended learning for English teaching in a Chinese university”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, (23). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi23.822.