Computer-mediated communication in Chinese as a second language learning: needs analysis of adolescent learners of Chinese at beginner level in Ireland
Item Type:Conference Paper
Citation:Wang, M., Bauer, C. & Devitt, A., Computer-mediated communication in Chinese as a second language learning: needs analysis of adolescent learners of Chinese at beginner level in Ireland, CALL and complexity, short papers from EUROCALL 2019, Eurocall, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 28-31 August 2019, Fanny Meunier, Julie Van de Vyver, Linda Bradley, and Sylvie Thou?sny, Research-publishing.net, 2019, 391 - 396
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Ireland’s new strategy for foreign language education, Languages Connect, identifies the establishment of Mandarin Chinese as a curricular language as a key goal for the coming years. Within the curriculum specification for Mandarin at Junior Cycle (ages 12-15), “using digital technology is identified as a core component: the student uses technology and digital media to learn, communicate, work and think collaboratively and creatively” (NCCA, 2016, p. 6). While the introduction of Chinese courses in Ireland faces a number of challenges (e.g. a shortage of communication opportunities and appropriate learning resources), it also provides a unique opportunity to generate innovative solutions to these challenges through technology, specifically Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC). This paper outlines the overarching goal and Design-Based Research (DBR) methodology for this research project as well as the results of the initial learner needs analysis conducted at a post-primary school in Ireland. Participants in the needs analysis workshop consisted of 19 students aged 12-15 who are learning Chinese, and their teacher. The results of the needs analysis with students and their Chinese language teacher identified opportunities for meaningful communication, particularly with Chinese native speakers, and more learning about Chinese culture as the key needs to address within the broader research project, needs that could be addressed using CMC tools.
Other Titles:CALL and complexity ? short papers from EUROCALL 2019
Type of material:Conference Paper
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Keywords:Language education, Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Needs analysis, Chinese language, Chinese, Language teaching
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