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Supporting Chinese speaking skills online

Stickler, Ursula and Shi, Lijing (2013). Supporting Chinese speaking skills online. System, 41(1) pp. 50–69.

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Chinese is considered a difficult language to learn by most Western learners, yet recently more and more people are learning Chinese, and increasingly teaching is delivered online. Due to the nature of Chinese and the complexity of online learning, research has not yet produced sufficient information on students' and teachers' interaction during synchronous online sessions. This exploratory study investigates interaction in synchronous online Chinese tutorials with a focus on the different elements employed by the teacher and students to support online speaking development. It highlights the gaps between teacher intentions and student perceptions of online interactions and describes how skilful use of online technology and multiple modes can bridge these gaps. The study uses a combination of qualitative methods (observation, stimulated recall and thematic analysis) and multimodal transcription supported by some quantitative methods (comparison of frequency).
The findings are interpreted from a socio-cultural perspective, taking into account the differences between the two languages and learning cultures. Recommendations are made to improve the online teaching strategies and task design, specifically for improving Chinese speaking skills in synchronous online environments.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0346-251X
Keywords: CMC; online language learning; Chinese language
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > Languages
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
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Item ID: 36087
Depositing User: Ursula Stickler
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2013 15:36
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 11:16
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