Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology
A Study on Strategies for Improving Students’ Oral Skills in Online Chinese Language Teaching in Burundi
Burundi University Confucius Instittute
Author Affiliation in Chinese
During the period of covid-19 pandemic, educational activities in several countries around the world have experienced changes in their implementation. Face-to-face Chinese teaching in several Confucius Institutes around the world has been moved to online teaching to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus. In Burundi, online Chinese teaching is provided through the social network “whatsapp”. However, students have some difficulty in improving their speaking skills while learning online. This study therefore examined the strategies that can be used by the students and the teachers to ensure the improvement of students' speaking skills while learning Chinese online. It proceeded by a survey carried out among the students and the teachers of Burundi University Confucius Institute. Two questionnaires were used to question them, and ninety students and ten teachers were able to answer our questions. The findings revealed that online teaching is not very effective to improve Burundian students' oral skills. Speaking is the most difficult skill to improve when learning online. Most of the students have the problem of the lack of interaction with their teachers, the lack of high-speed internet and the inefficiency of the platform used in learning Chinese online. Most of the teachers think that face-to-face teaching is more effective in improving students’ oral skills compared to online teaching. Our study proposed then some strategies and suggestions that can be useful for improving the students’ oral skills while learning Chinese online.
Ferdinand, MFITIYE and Etienne, BANKUWIHA
"A Study on Strategies for Improving Students’ Oral Skills in Online Chinese Language Teaching in Burundi,"
Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology: Vol. 5:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/cltmt/vol5/iss2/3