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Volume 9 Number 1, 2018
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Yang, J., & Yin, C. (2018). Learning Chinese Colloquialisms through Mobile Technology. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 9(1), 35-47.

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Abstract/摘要:

This is a study of the effectiveness of learning colloquialisms through the use of mobile technology. A within-subjects research design was adopted to expose all participants to learning colloquialisms through mobile phones and printed materials. The results indicate that distributing vocabulary-learning materials via mobile messages could suit learners’ preference for using mobile devices and increase the possibility of incidental vocabulary learning. However, such a practice only promotes learners’ short-term retention of the vocabulary. The study also reveals that the length of previous language learning experience did not have a significant effect on the outcome of mobile-assisted language learning. Furthermore, there were no statistical correlations between learners’ attitudes toward mobile learning and their learning outcomes either. The results suggest that mobile-assisted language learning can be an effective teaching approach for L2 learners, regardless of their language proficiency levels. Learners can be engaged in the learning of new words even when they do not have positive attitudes toward the perceived usefulness of the mobile-assisted approach, as long as the mobile-assisted learning activities are designed to connect with in-class instruction.

本文旨在研究学习口语习语的过程中使用手机是否行之有效。本研究采用了组内设计的方法,以确保每个被试者既接受了手机辅助的教学,又接受了基于纸面教材的传统教学。研究结果显示,由于学生本来就有使用移动通信设备的习惯,通过短信来发送词汇学习材料可以因势利导,增加学生偶然性学习的机会。但是,这种手段只能促进学生对口语习语的短期记忆。本研究也发现,移动辅助语言学习的效果如何,在统计学意义上并不受学生之前的语言学习时间长短的影响;另外,从统计学意义上来说,学生对移动辅助语言学习的态度和教学效果之间也没有显著的相关性。由此可以得出结论:移动辅助语言学习的效果并不受学生外语水平的影响。只要把移动通信辅助教学和课堂教学有机地结合起来,即使学生对移动辅助语言学习的态度不甚积极,其教学效果也不会受到太大影响。

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