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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.

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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.

微信应用在中文教学中的潜力已受到中文教师和学者们关注,然而相关的研究却寥寥无几。本研究基于美国一所私立文理学院的一年级和二年级第二学期的中文课设计的微信教学方案,此方案由五个部分组成;此外,通过期末问卷和访谈的方式向参加的学生征求对微信教学的反馈。结果表明,学生总体上认可微信教学,认为微信教学有五大好处:增加中文学习时间、促进语言学习、促进文化学习、提高学习动机和建立良好的中文学习社区。本报告也讨论总结了学生提出的微信教学的不足及改进建议。

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