Multimedia Application for Improving Chinese Language Skills for International Students


In the last decade, research on Chinese as a second language teaching and learning has yielded significant advancement through state-of-the-art technology. This paper addresses the major difficulties that students face in recognizing Chinese characters. To solve the problems, the study proposes the online multimedia application for teaching Chinese characters. The needs analysis was conducted beforehand with the intention of provoking students' perceptions of both traditional and multimedia methods of teaching and learning Chinese characters. The purposes of this research were 1) to identify the efficacy of the proposed multimedia learning platform for learning Chinese characters 2) to compare students' learning achievement through pre-test and post-test via the proposed system and, 3)to compare learning performance between traditional teaching (controlled group) and multimedia platform teaching (experimental group). The sample of this research included 60 students who are studying Chinese Language as a Second Language in an international school in Beijing from 12-16 years old. The data were analyzed using mean, correlation analysis and ANOVA. The findings showed that 1) The students’ achievement after utilizing the system was significantly higher than controlled group; 2) The student's level of satisfaction toward the system was at the highest level. It was found that the proposed online system was beneficial to the improvement of learners' language proficiency and learning motivation and 3) The application of multimedia learning reduced learners' language learning anxiety, and there was a significant difference between the experimental group and the control group.

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Lijie Wu, Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, Thailand
Piyanan Pannim Vipahasna, Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, Thailand

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Conference: ACE2022
Stream: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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Wu L., & Vipahasna P. (2023) Multimedia Application for Improving Chinese Language Skills for International Students ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2022: Official Conference Proceedings
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