Chinese Key-Image Learning: An App Designed with Handwriting Evaluation and Instant Feedback to Support Chinese Character Learning

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to develop and evaluate a mobile-assisted Chinese language learning app that introduces hundreds of fundamental Chinese characters with an innovative method, namely the Key-Image Mnemonics (KIM). This method is developed based on cognitive and learning theories (i.e., the Elaboration Theory, the Dual Coding Theory, and the Key-Word Method) and the effectiveness of this method in Chinese-as-foreign/second-language (CFL/CSL) learning is strongly supported by laboratory and classroom studies. In this paper, mobile technologies were applied to enhance the effect of this Key-Image Mnemonics. Firstly, we reviewed background research in the fields of mobile learning and character learning of CSL/CFL learners. Second, we presented the framework and development of the app, Chinese Key-Image Learning, which aims to support autonomous learning of CFL/CSL learners. Specifically, this app provides handwriting practices with instant feedback, including handwriting demonstration, evaluation, and error correction. Finally, we conducted a focus group to gather feedback from Chinese teachers and students to understand their perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, and perceived enjoyment after using this app. The evaluation included both quantitative and qualitative aspects. Implications for using this app in supporting character learning of CFL/CSL learners as well as our future work are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovative Technologies and Learning - 2nd International Conference, ICITL 2019, Proceedings
EditorsLisbet Rønningsbakk, Ting-Ting Wu, Frode Eika Sandnes, Yueh-Min Huang
PublisherSpringer
Pages547-557
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783030353421
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event2nd International Conference on Innovative Technologies and Learning, ICITL 2019 - Tromsø, Norway
Duration: 2019 Dec 22019 Dec 5

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11937 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Innovative Technologies and Learning, ICITL 2019
CountryNorway
CityTromsø
Period19/12/219/12/5

Keywords

  • Chinese characters
  • Chinese-as-Foreign/Second-Language (CFL/CSL) Learning
  • Key-Image Mnemonics
  • Mobile learning
  • Technologies enhanced language learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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