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ERIC Number: ED574797
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
An Exploration of the Use of Mobile Applications to Support the Learning of Chinese Characters Employed by Students of Chinese as a Foreign Language
Mason, Amanda; Wenxin, Zhang
At present, there are few studies which explore the learning strategies employed by students of Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL) and even fewer that focus specifically on mobile application use. This study provides insights into how adult learners at varying levels of proficiency employ mobile apps to support their Chinese character learning. Data were collected from a survey completed by 140 learners and semi-structured interviews with eight subjects. The findings demonstrate that most of the participants are using mobile apps to support their character learning. The most widely used mobile app is Pleco, but only a small proportion of its functionality is exploited. The most frequently used app-based strategies include looking up example sentences that contain new words and viewing stroke orders. The study suggests that students recognise the value of mobile apps in their learning but may need training in how to exploit their full potential. [For the complete volume, "Beyond the Language Classroom: Researching MOOCs and Other Innovations," see ED574781.] La Grange des Noyes, 25110 Voillans, France. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China