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Beginning students' perceptions of effective activities for Chinese character recognition

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Title:Beginning students' perceptions of effective activities for Chinese character recognition
Authors:Wang, Jing
Leland, Christine H.
Keywords:character recognition
beginning learners of Chinese
Date Issued:Oct 2011
Publisher:University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
Abstract:This study investigates what beginning learners of Chinese perceive as helpful in learning to recognize characters. Thirteen English-speaking participants in a beginning Chinese class answered journal questions and completed a survey over one semester at a large Midwestern university. Findings suggest that participants perceived the usefulness of different ways of learning: (a) Studying characters individually strongly facilitated the learning of Chinese orthography and also helped with meaning and pronunciation; (b) using characters in context strongly supported the learning of meaning and pronunciation; (c) practicing characters through cooperative learning created a good learning environment, provided support and facilitated meaningful interaction for learners. Participants thought it was helpful to focus on individual characters for orthography and use characters in context for meaning.
Appears in Collections: Volume 23, No. 2

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