Technology Enhanced Chinese Language Learning For Irish Teachers :computer:
Technology Enhanced Chinese Language Learning For Irish Teachers
Class Activities and homework: Bring your own Device into the classroom (BYOD)
Chinese Character writing exercise.
Traditional: Teacher writes on board and student copy on paper.
The use of E-Stroke or Stroke order apps
Click to watch how app "stroke order" works
The use of Chinese Handwriting input on smart phones: This system will recognize a well written Chinese character and will not a poorly written one. an useful exercise in class with the help of whatsapp.
Chinese hand writing homework could be photographed and sent by emails for teachers to check and feedback more promptly and archived more easily.
I say you say exercise.
Listening to CD
Technology Enhanced pronunciation practice
Whatsapp voice messages recorded in class
Students are asked to record their pronunciation on whatsapp and send to whatsapp, especially on frequent pronunciations mistakes.
The record of students pronunciation could be repeatedly listened in class and after class in order to spot the mistakes.
Enable comparison between teachers pronunciation and students pronunciation. Both in class and after class.
Teachers send the a short voice mail of a pronunciation on whatsapp.
Teachers voice recording or screen-cast for reviewing the lesson
Real-time or daily Communication with the teacher and pronunciation correction via whatapp.
presentation through technology of the outcome
voice recording and send via whatsapp
type the conversation and send via whatsapp
Traditionally: flash cards and text books reading
Technology enhanced:Quizlet exercise as homework
Chinese vocabulary learning with Mindmaps
Click to view a Chinese Vocabulary Coggle Map
After class communication
An email must be sent to review all the vocabulary and grammar points, this can be combined with screencast.
ePortfolio: Each students are required to build an ePortfolio on Chinese language. Teacher will periodically check online via quizlet or whatsapp
Level one: Characters to write
Level three: memorising only the pinyins(pronunciation)
Level two: Characters to recognize
Sentences and grammar
Peer Assessment via online communication
eHomework and teachers prompt eFeedback
Learn and frequently reviewed(put into application), isnt that the pleasure of learning?-Confucius
Traditionally: Exams and homework checking and feedback
Technology Enhance Teaching-The beginning: Before the first class, instructions should be sent via an Email including greetings and instructions and introduction in youtube videos
Students are asked to learn three phrases in Chinese on their own; "Hello", "Thank you." and "Goodbye"
They are encouraged to communicate with their future teacher to learn these phrases via Email or whatapp.
Instructions is provided for them to learn these three phrases. Such as google translate, youtube video
click here to watch
They are required to learn the pronunciation of these three phrases before the class.
This exercise will encourage them learn Chinese on their own with online resource, getting into a habit and self learning.
A Youtube Video on adding Chinese Characters Input to students computer:
Teachers should provide help in help students setting up the technology infrastructure in the first class.
The Email will warmly welcome and greet all new students, including a self introduction of the instructor and basic requirement of the students including a mention of the main technology that will be used in the course. Such as whatsapp and quizlet etc.
Trial communication via technology should be attempted before the commence of the first class. Whatsapp communication. :
The use of technology should be well planned and carried out. Consistency helps with the application of technology during the course. However, when necessary the use of technology should be adjusted and even relinquished.
A youtube video on the introduction of the course
Click here to watch an introduction Video of the course.
The Video should be no more than 3 minutes and give a more detailed introduction of the course including the duration, possible, learning outcome and assessment. Provide students with a clearer idea of what to expect during the course.
In the advertisement of the course promotion. More details should be given including the use of technology.
Traditionally we do practically nothing prior to the commence of the course.
Before the commence of the course, students were asked to spend about 1-2 hours to read email/watch videos/set up software. The heavy load of work itself a precaution on the course: If a student doesn't have enough time to meet the requirement for the course, he or she should not join the course.
Never underestimate the reluctance of the students in trying something new, especially when there is no absolute need. Therefore it is the teachers' job to make it so.
Online community building
Online communication on organizing offline activities
Meals and drinks
Lectures and other academic activities
Out-of-class learning activities
Group work communication
Questions and answers amount students
Introduction of online learning resource including youtube videos, Chinese learning apps, encourage self-learning.
Interaction with Chinese communities and events, festival activities seminars, etc.
The implementation of technology should be gradual, constantly reflected and revised.
Language learning is not just the memorization of certain vocabulary but active application of the language and their feedback in understanding the rules of speaking