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Supporting Course Designs for Children's Mandarin: A Character-Based Approach
Character-based teaching,Children’s character teaching,Children’s Mandarin supporting teaching,Distributed word recognition teaching,Snowballing teaching method,
|Publication Year :||2020|
This study aims to use character-based teaching method to support children’s Chinese character learning. Supporting courses are designed with the distributed word recognition teaching method to enhance children‘s reading ability. For the time being, textbooks from character-based approach and targeted learner are both aimed toward adult learners. Textbooks and course designs from character-based approach for children has not yet been proposed. This study has designed supporting courses for 7-12 year-old children, to facilitate children’s Mandarin character learning.
Currently, children’s Mandarin textbook distinguish reading characters from writing characters. However, how the textbook select characters and how they use the character to form lexical items still follows the word-based way of thinking. This study has proposed supporting courses to aid the main course. Supporting courses are designed to take place after every three main courses. On the one hand, the supporting courses help learners to review the learnt content; on the other hand, learners have opportunities to use character from different lessons to from new words. Word-based textbooks focus more on vocabulary and grammar exercise. It is hoped that supporting courses can enhance learner’s character reading and writing ability.
This study uses Joël Bellassen’s snowballing teaching method as the base to design supporting teaching. Using the characters that learner had already learnt to form short articles. The articles can increase the number of times a character appear in the course. Expecting that learner can have a deeper image and understanding of the characters taught. This course design makes use of both reading characters and writing characters to form new words and add the words into the snowballing article to increase the size of learner’s new words. Adding the knowledge of character radical and structure, and using pictorialize radicals can familiarize learners with the meaning of the radicals and the character’s link. This design hopes to make radicals a helpful tool for learners to recognize characters.
This course design aim at learners who use word-based children’s textbook to learn Mandarin. The purpose of adding character-based supporting course is to enhance learner’s ability of reading and writing characters, providing an integrated Mandarin character course for learners.
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