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Design and user evaluation of a mobile app to teach Chinese characters.

Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando and Kan, Qian (2016). Design and user evaluation of a mobile app to teach Chinese characters. In: Palalas, Agnieszka and Ally, Mohamed eds. The International Handbook of Mobile-Assisted Language Learning. Beijing: China Central Radio & TV University Press, pp. 399–434.

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This paper presents both the pedagogical design principles and the challenges faced during the development of a mobile app, Chinese Characters First Steps, to support recognising, learning and practising writing Chinese characters at beginners’ level, including the difficult balance between pedagogy and technical affordances. We also present the results of a research study which collected quantitative data from over 130 users of the app as well as qualitative data from interviews with four users.

The results offer a profile of language learning app users and very positive attitudes towards learning with apps. They also reveal users' reasons for learning Chinese, patterns of learning, expectations of the app, and evaluation of the different features for their own personal learning. Finally, the paper concludes that the chosen design principles for the app were appropriate for its purpose.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2016 China Central Radio & TV University Press Co., Ltd.
ISBN: 7-304-07464-7, 978-7-304-07464-7
Keywords: MALL; Chinese characters; mobile applications; app development; app evaluation; mobile-assisted language learning
Academic Unit/School: 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
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 47780
Depositing User: Qian Kan
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2016 11:00
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2017 12:23
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