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Linking up learners of Chinese with native speakers through WeChat in an Australian tertiary CFL curriculum


Jiang, W and Li, W, Linking up learners of Chinese with native speakers through WeChat in an Australian tertiary CFL curriculum, Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education, 3, (14) pp. 1-16. ISSN 2363-5169 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1186/s40862-018-0056-0


Under the task-based language teaching (TBLT) framework, this study investigated learners’ perceptions of a WeChat task being integrated into a Chinese as a foreign language (CFL) curriculum. The WeChat task linked up learners of Chinese from an Australian university with native speakers of Chinese as international students on the same campus. The learner-native speaker pair were required to complete weekly assigned communication sub-tasks through WeChat for ten weeks in semester 2 of 2017. Both a questionnaire survey and an interview were conducted for data collection. Findings show that participants were very positive with the WeChat task. They expressed their enjoyment and satisfaction in completing the question-asking and answering interactions with native speakers through WeChat. As an important component of the tertiary CFL curriculum, the WeChat task was a great learning task to supplement classroom learning. It is also an ideal learning task that makes use of the native speaker resources and mobile assisted language learning technology to achieve the best learning outcome in teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Chinese as a foreign language, mobile assisted language learning, WeChat
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:Li, W (Dr Lucy Li)
ID Code:143182
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Global Cultures and Languages
Deposited On:2021-03-03
Last Modified:2021-05-24
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