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Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology

Chinese Title (Optional)

中文教学中的推特应用:心得和建议

Author Name in Chinese (Optional)

王家文 & 滕春红

Author Affiliation

University of Detroit Mercy

English Abstract

Making a connection between the requirement of 140 characters and the need of intermediate-low learners of Chinese as a second language (CSL) to produce output in a less challenging environment, this action research engaged the college CSL students in tweeting practices. Based on the descriptive statistics of the students’ tweeting behavior and the students’ responses to the survey administered at the end of the semester, this article reflects and summarizes the lessons learned. The authors propose that structural designs in the form of projects or tasks should still be considered for social networking applications such as Twitter to be used as an educational tool. How to make better use of the social-networking aspect of Twitter and build a community of CSL learners and practitioners is also discussed.

Chinese Abstract (Optional)

本行动研究将推特对140字符的要求和中初级中文二语学习者在宽松环境中进行语言输出的需求联系起来,把推特引入大学中文二语课堂。基于学生推特行为的描述性统计数据和学生对期末调查问卷的反馈,本文反思和总结了此次教学探索的经验教训。作者提出,把推特这样的社交应用用作教育工具,任务性学习或项目性学习方面的教学结构设计仍然是必要的。作者也探讨了如何利用推特的社交功能建设中文二语学习者和教育者的学习社区。

Manuscript Language

English