Students Perceptions of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning on Chinese Language Learning


The discussions on second language learning in higher education facilitated by computer supported collaborative learning have increased over the past decades. To generate learners' communications in the target language is the purpose of practicing CSCL for L2 learning. However, few studies have done to understand Chinese L2 learners' perception on computer supported language learning. In order to study learners' perception, in this study, computer supported collaborative learning assignments were designed and appointed to forty-eight American high school students, who needed to work with twenty-seven Chinese-native-speaking college students in Taiwan and completed the assignments via communication medias such as Skype, Facebook, and emails. Data from survey, interviews and the instructor's observation were collected, and the results show that the American high school students agree that this computer supported collaborative learning activities have increased their confidence of learning Chinese language and their confidence of speaking Chinese language, as well as their future learning motivation of Chinese language. During the collaboration, the American students also automatically develop strategies for studying and for more efficient communication methods with native speakers. Furthermore, this study also discusses the problems that the learners encountered during the process and the suggestions for future research.

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Chiayi Chen, Kainan University, Taiwan
Yan-Jin Pan, University of Chiayi, Taiwan

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Conference: ACEID2016
Stream: Technology enhanced and distance learning

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