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Volume 7 Number 2, 2016
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Luo, H., & Yang, C. (2016). Using WeChat in Teaching L2 Chinese: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 7(2), 82-96.
[骆涵, & 杨春生. (2016). 微信在中文教学中的应用:低年级教学活动初探. 科技与中文教学 (Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching), 7(2), 82-96.]

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Chinese language teachers and scholars have recently been interested in the potential of using the WeChat app in Chinese language teaching and learning. However, empirical research on the effectiveness of applying WeChat to Chinese language classrooms has been scarce. This study reports on the implementation of a five-component WeChat project in the second-semester first-year and second-year Chinese language courses at a liberal arts college in the U.S. Adopting a mixed-method design, the researchers examined the student feedback on the WeChat project in the form of an end-of-semester questionnaire and interviews. Results showed that the WeChat project was, in general, well received by the students. The participants reported five major benefits of using WeChat in Chinese language teaching: expansion of time in learning, linguistic gains, promotion of cultural learning, enhancement of learning motivation, and establishment of a supportive Chinese language learning community. Drawbacks and suggestions for improvement were also discussed.


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