It is the first year that students in the introductory Chinese course
are using a smartphone to learn to speak and write Chinese. Dr.
Dongdong Chen initiated this project to integrate mobile technology into
the teaching and learning of Chinese languages for students at the
Seton Hall University is one of the top universities that provide the
most convenient access to technology in higher education. It has made
use of these applications in learning Chinese possible.
Here is what some of our students had to say about incorporating this technology into their studies:
"Thank goodness for the accessible dictionary. Yet another instance
where the smartphone is a useful supportive learning tool in my
education. 'Tip Tap Tones' is a timed game that challenges you to
memorize pronunciation tone graphs, and 'Learn Chinese' has great
vocabulary practice. 'Kuaishou' has translation between English, Chinese
characters, and Pinyin which makes it an invaluable dictionary app. The
variety of applications offered by the Windows smartphone made it
really helpful for me as a student studying my first year of Chinese.
Having the smartphone helped me practice my pronunciation and vocabulary
fun format." -- Allyson R. Rudd
"This technological learning method allowed everyone to practice writing and
speaking Chinese even when Dr. Chen was not available. There have
been many times that I have been confused with the Chinese language and
had my questions answered within minutes. The apps available for us to
download helped us expand our knowledge of the Chinese language. Looking
back now, I realize that I learned words in Chinese that would be
helpful in the work field."
-- Andy Jose Aguilar
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