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Volume 8 Number 2, 2017
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Lai, A. (2017). Implementing Online Platforms to Promote Collaborative Learning in Chinese Language Classrooms. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 8(2), 39-52.

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Today’s students were born digital. Technology has become an essential tool that they use and rely on in everyday life. Technology also plays an important role in language learning. It mediates language learning by forming a bridge between the authentic world and the language learners. Based on the idea “to give students language input, provide opportunities for interaction, and encourage output”, the author gives three examples of implementing online platforms into a Chinese class. Student feedback shows that the online cooperative learning projects can expose language learners to different opinions, experiences and thinking processes. Students also gain a deeper understanding of the target culture through the online learning experience. With carefully deigned instructional activities via online platforms, technology can help students to become active participants and develop their 21st century skills. The author also discusses limitations and provides further study suggestions.

今日的学生属数位原生世代,科技成为他们日常生活不可或缺之物。科技 也占语言学习的重要部分,它是联系语言学习者及真实世界的媒介与桥梁。本文作 者基于“给予学习者语言输入,提供语言交流机会及鼓励输出”的概念,提出三个 于中文课堂中应用网络平台的实例。由学生反馈得知网络学习计划使学习者得以接 触不同意见,经验及学习历程。学习者亦由此网络学习经验获得更深层的文化理解。 透过审慎设计的网络教学活动,科技可辅助语言学习者成为积极的参与者,并发展 学习者 21 世纪所需技能。本文作者亦提出研究限制及未来研究方向供华语教学之参考。

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