Perceptions of kanji learning strategies: Do they differ among Chinese character and alphabetic background learners

Haththotuwa Gamage, G. (2003) Perceptions of kanji learning strategies: Do they differ among Chinese character and alphabetic background learners. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 26 2: 17-30.


Author Haththotuwa Gamage, G.
Title Perceptions of kanji learning strategies: Do they differ among Chinese character and alphabetic background learners
Journal name Australian Review of Applied Linguistics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0155-0640
Publication date 2003-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 26
Issue 2
Start page 17
End page 30
Total pages 14
Editor K. Love
Place of publication Melbourne
Publisher Applied Linguistics Association of Australia
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
420113 Japanese
751001 Languages and literature
2003 Language Studies
Abstract This study investigates three important issues in kanji learning strategies; namely, strategy use, effectiveness of strategy and orthographic background. A questionnaire on kanji learning strategy use and perceived effectiveness was administered to 116 beginner level, undergraduate students of Japanese from alphabetic and character backgrounds in Australia. Both descriptive and statistical analyses of the questionnaire responses revealed that the strategies used most often are the most helpful. Repeated writing was reported as the most used strategy type although alphabetic background learners reported using repeated writing strategies significantly more often than character background learners. The importance of strategy training and explicit instruction of fundamental differences between character and alphabetic background learners of Japanese is discussed in relation to teaching strategies. [Author abstract]
Keyword Language & Linguistics
Alphabets
Chinese language
Higher education
Ideography
Interference (Language)
Japanese language
Learning strategies
Orthographic symbols
Questionnaires
Second language learning
Second language teaching
Student characteristics
University students
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2004 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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