Designing interaction tasks in Second Life for Chinese as a foreign language learners: A preliminary exploration

  • Yu-Ju Lan National Taiwan Normal University
  • Yu-Hsuan Kan National Taiwan Normal University
  • Indy Y.T. Hsiao National Central University
  • Stephen J.H. Yang National Central University
  • Kuo-En Chang National Taiwan Normal University

Abstract

The aims of this research were to develop guidelines for designing interaction tasks for learners of Chinese as a foreign language (CFL) and to investigate the attitudes of CFL learners toward a full CFL class in Second Life (SL). Three research questions were addressed in this research: (1) what are the attitudes of CFL learners toward the language learning tasks in SL? (2) what kinds of social interactions emerge from learning activities in a CFL class in SL? (3) how do those activities benefit CFL learners in the learning of Chinese in SL? Two studies were conducted to tackle these questions. The cognition, usage, and expansion (CUE) model was proposed based on the findings obtained from study 1 and then implemented and evaluated in study 2. The findings of study 2 indicated that the activities run in the CUE model were effective at motivating CFL beginners and improving their oral communication and social interactions. Based on the video data analysis, three criteria were proposed for designing learning activities. Suggestions are also made for future research on CFL teaching/learning in SL.

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Author Biographies

Yu-Ju Lan, National Taiwan Normal University

Yu-Ju Lan is currently an Associate Professor of Department of Applied Chinese Languages and Literature at National Taiwan Normal University. She received the B.S. degree in Computer Science from Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C., in 1990 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Information and Computer Education from National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan, in 1995 and 2006, respectively. Now she serves as an active reviewer of the Journal of Educational Technology & Society, and an advisor of the Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology. Her research interests include technology enhanced language learning (TELL), online synchronous teacher training, language learning in virtual worlds, and mobile learning (ML).

Yu-Hsuan Kan, National Taiwan Normal University

Graduate Institute of Information and Computer Education, National Taiwan Normal University

Indy Y.T. Hsiao, National Central University
Department of Computer Science & Information Engineering, National Central University
Stephen J.H. Yang, National Central University
Department of Computer Science & Information Engineering, National Central University
Kuo-En Chang, National Taiwan Normal University
Graduate Institute of Information and Computer Education, National Taiwan Normal University
Published
2013-05-10
How to Cite
Lan, Y.-J., Kan, Y.-H., Hsiao, I. Y., Yang, S. J., & Chang, K.-E. (2013). Designing interaction tasks in Second Life for Chinese as a foreign language learners: A preliminary exploration. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 29(2). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.144