Evaluation of online discussion in a university Chinese language program

Chen, Yung-Wen (2009). Evaluation of online discussion in a university Chinese language program M.A. Thesis, School of Languages and Comp Cultural Studies, The University of Queensland.

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Author Chen, Yung-Wen
Thesis Title Evaluation of online discussion in a university Chinese language program
School, Centre or Institute School of Languages and Comp Cultural Studies
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2009
Thesis type M.A. Thesis
Open Access Status Other
Supervisor Hsieh, Daphne
Total pages 72
Language eng
Subjects L
970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
200311 Chinese Languages
200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
Abstract/Summary This study evaluated an online asynchronous discussion forum in a university Chinese course by means of content analysis and a participants’ perception survey. Content analysis showed that the online discussion forum was a less-stressful space for learners to frequently encounter the target language outside the classroom. However, learners seldom clarified or negotiated meaning in the time-delayed communication. In addition, learners rarely used the new vocabulary just taught in the classroom while participating in the online discussion. The learners’ perception survey showed that 75% learners enjoyed participating in online discussion and more than half the learners were satisfied with their improvement in vocabulary and written fluency. However, more than 50% of the learners were uncertain if their spoken fluency improved as well. Finally, although the online discussion forum in the study was a student-centered activity, one third of the students still expected to get feedback from the instructor during discussions.
Keyword Computer-mediated communication
online discussion
content analysis

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