Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology

Author Affiliation

School of Humanities and Media studies, Dalarna University

English Abstract

This survey study aims to investigate the perceptions learners have of the character-learning strategies they employ when taking a web-based course in Chinese. The seven Likert-scale statements are included in the questionnaire to examine learners’ opinions on the three character-learning strategies that are widely used in traditional campus courses. A total of 65 students who completed the beginner level ‘Chinese Characters’ web-based course at a university in Sweden completed the survey. The results suggest that students in web-based courses consider these three strategies to be just as helpful and effective as campus students; moreover, the more orthodox strategy – rote learning – is found to be the most popular among distance students. Furthermore, findings of this study provide insight into the limitations and advantages associated with a web-based course, and also the possible effect learners’ age and gender may have on learning strategy preferences.

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