Effectiveness of ‘pocket Mandarin’ for online learning among Mandarin as a foreign language basic learners / Ting Hie Ling … [et al.]

Ling, Ting Hie and Yoke, Soo Kum and Choo, Siang Lay and Ee, Ooi Sing and Peng Hwa, Chong (2006) Effectiveness of ‘pocket Mandarin’ for online learning among Mandarin as a foreign language basic learners / Ting Hie Ling … [et al.]. International Journal of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics (IJMAL), 5 (3): 16. pp. 122-137. ISSN (e-ISSN): 2600-7266

Abstract

In the face of difficulties of teaching and learning due to the impact of Covid-19, online lessons have become vital. This has also affected the teaching of Mandarin as a foreign language at universities. Since Mandarin is considered as a difficult language to learn especially to non-native learners, teaching online has posed an even greater challenge to Mandarin language instructors. This study thus examines the use of a combination of platforms and applications online, customized to create an online learning system called ‘Pocket Mandarin’ to facilitate online Mandarin learning at the beginner level. The purpose is primarily to enable learning to take place in a fun and interactive manner by means of online flashcards, pronunciation, games and quizzes placed in a learning management system (LMS) plat-form called Padlet. To better understand how ‘Pocket Mandarin’ can effectively facilitate online teaching and learning among Mandarin as a foreign language (MFL) basic learners at the tertiary level, a survey was applied and it consisted of five parts which are students’ motivation, students’ attitude, cognitive development, design and interface as well as expectations. An open-ended survey was also administered to further support the research. The results show that ‘Pocket Mandarin’ was positively accepted by the students who found the lessons motivating, up building, cognitively applicable, with exceptional design and interface and was better than their initial expectations. Thus, there is great potential for ‘Pocket Mandarin’ to be widely used at a greater scale.

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Item Type: Article
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Ling, Ting Hie
tinghieling@uitm.edu.my
Yoke, Soo Kum
UNSPECIFIED
Choo, Siang Lay
UNSPECIFIED
Ee, Ooi Sing
UNSPECIFIED
Peng Hwa, Chong
UNSPECIFIED
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > Study and teaching. Research > Foreign study
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania > Chinese language
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Academy of Language Studies
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics (IJMAL)
ISSN: (e-ISSN): 2600-7266
Volume: 5
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 122-137
Keywords: Pocket Mandarin, Online learning, MFL basic learners
Date: 25 September 2006
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/2926
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