Learning Chinese as a second language by educational robots integrating the operation of conditional logic in computational thinking and the usage of the causal sentences

Ting Chia Hsu, Lung Hsiang Wong, Guat Poh Aw

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Abstract

This study attempted to carry out interdisciplinary learning activities which integrate computational thinking into language learning. The participants were 56 5th-grade Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) students in Singapore. The students were required to learn the ability to apply conditional complex sentences in Chinese language and learn the conditional structural logic through coding educational robots to interact with each other in Chinese. The results showed that the students improved significantly in the linguistic knowledge. Furthermore, the computer programming self-efficacy of the students has also promoted significantly in terms of logical thinking, control and debugging. The students had also shown a high level of learning engagement, low anxiety and a high intention in the robot coding activity. This study presented the empirical results of this cross-domain integration of educational robots and language learning, providing a reference and teaching practices for future teachers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE 20th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2020
EditorsMaiga Chang, Demetrios G Sampson, Ronghuai Huang, Danial Hooshyar, Nian-Shing Chen, Kinshuk Kinshuk, Margus Pedaste
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages236-237
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781728160900
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul
Event20th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2020 - Virtual, Online, Estonia
Duration: 2020 Jul 62020 Jul 9

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE 20th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2020

Conference

Conference20th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2020
CountryEstonia
CityVirtual, Online
Period20/7/620/7/9

Keywords

  • Chinese as a Second Language
  • Computational Thinking
  • Computer Programming Self-Efficacy
  • Educational Robots

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Media Technology
  • Education

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