Integrating Information literacy Training in an English-Speaking Course in the Chinese Context


  • Kezhen Liu Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand
  • Andrew Lian Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand
  • Butsakorn Yodkamlue Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand



Information literacy training, English-speaking course, learner autonomy


This study investigated the effects of a teaching approach combining information literacy training and an ongoing role-playing game to improve Chinese university students’ English-speaking skills and strengthen their sense of learner autonomy. The study employed a quasi-experimental design. Two intact classes, altogether 85 college students, participated in the study. One class was randomly assigned as the experimental group and the other as the control group. Both groups participated in an English-Speaking Course (ESC), a compulsory course taught by teachers who were native English speakers. The approach was administered to the experimental group for 11 weeks. The control group participated in a traditional ESC, also for 11 weeks. The same teacher taught both groups. The findings revealed that after 11 weeks’ intervention, the experimental group improved their English-speaking skills and strengthened their sense of learner autonomy significantly, while the control group made no significant improvement in the two variables. The approach was considered innovative, challenging, and effective by the experimental group students. Moreover, the students indicated that they became more confident and motivated to learn to speak English. Meanwhile, the training lesson made them realize the benefits that technology devices can bring to their learning.

Author Biographies

Kezhen Liu, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand

Kezhen Liu is an M.A. student in Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand. She studies under the supervision of Professor Dr. Andrew Lian and Dr. Butsakorn Yodkamlue. Meanwhile, she is a primary school English teacher in China. Her research interests include learner autonomy, English-speaking, Technology-enhanced Language Learning

Andrew Lian, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand

Professor Dr. Andrew P. Lian is Professor of Foreign Language Studies, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand; Ho Chi Minh City Open University, Vietnam; Professor Emeritus, University of Canberra, Australia; President of AsiaCALL, the Asia Association of Computer-Assisted Language-Learning, a research and professional association focusing on the uses of technology to enhance second/foreign language learning in Asian contexts.

Butsakorn Yodkamlue, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand

Dr. Butsakorn Yodkamlue is a lecturer at Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand.


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How to Cite

Kezhen, L., Andrew, L., & Yodkamlue, B. (2021). Integrating Information literacy Training in an English-Speaking Course in the Chinese Context. Proceedings of the AsiaCALL International Conference - Atlantis Press, 533(978-94-6239-343-1), 29–39.