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Into the Real World: Autonomous and Integrated Chinese Language Learning Through a 3D Immersive Experience


Wang, Y and Grist, M and Grant, S, Into the Real World: Autonomous and Integrated Chinese Language Learning Through a 3D Immersive Experience, Contextual Language Learning: Real Language Learning on the Continuum from Virtuality to Reality, Springer, Y-J Lan and S Grant (ed), UK, pp. 119-145. ISBN 9789811634154 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-981-16-3416-1


Abstract To find ways to promote out-of-class autonomous Chinese language learning with technology, the Chinese programme at a regional Australian university provided its undergraduate Chinese as a foreign language (CFL) student with an additional learning opportunity in order to practice and thereby reinforce communicative language skills in an extant immersive 3D multiuser virtual world (3D MUVW) created in Second Life (SL), Chinese Island (CI) ( v=3EYZueyp1go&t=2s) developed by a major Australian urban university. This chapter presents a semester-long pilot study that aimed to investigate students' perceptions of this learning resource, particularly to explore whether this integrated approach can assist Chinese language educators in fostering autonomous learning out of the classroom. Through analysis of individual and group interviews, the study found that the resources afforded by CI were beneficial for students' learning of Chinese language and culture beyond the classroom. In addition, the findings could inform Chinese language educators about how to better prepare students for intensive and immersive study abroad. The chapter concludes with pedagogical implications and directions for further research.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Chinese as a foreign language (CFL); autonomous learning;immersive 3D multiuser virtual world (3D MUVW); Second Life (SL)
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Language studies
Research Field:Chinese languages
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Languages and linguistics
UTAS Author:Wang, Y (Dr Isabel Wang)
ID Code:142557
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Global Cultures and Languages
Deposited On:2021-01-25
Last Modified:2022-09-05

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