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"Move, Idioms!" - A Mobile Assisted Chinese Language Learning Environment

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A Mobile Assisted Language Learning Environment to Improve Primary School Pupils' Attitude and Competencies in Chinese Proverb Learning and Writing
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In recent years, we have witnessed a rise of communicative and contextualised approaches in language learning theories that is concomitant with developments in the paradigm of Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL). This study, code-named "Move, Idioms!", focuses on constructing a MALL environment that emphasizes creative learner outputs and contexutalised meaning making. In learning Chinese idioms, students proactively used smartphones on a 1:1 (one-device-per-person) basis to capture photos of the real-life contexts pertaining to the idioms, and to construct sentences with them. Subsequently, in-class or online sharing and discussions on the contexts took place, which would enhance the students' understanding in the proper usage of the idioms. The learning design is grounded in the seamless learning model (Chan et al., 2006) that encompass in-class formal learning and out-of-class informal setting, and personal and social learning spaces. Our recently completed pilot study shows that the students' ongoing, open-ended, personal-to-social meaning making process and artifacts have indeed shown some indicators of seamless language learning that has the potential of transforming language learning into an authentic learning experience. The project is in collaboration with Singapore Centre for Chinese Language and Lu Feng Technology, Taiwan.



News FLASH!

* 2 November 2010: "Move, Idioms!" was showcased at TE21 Summit, NIE.

* October 2010: The "e-proverb" (actually "Move, Idioms!") and the upcoming MyCLOUD 语飞行云 (a follow-up project of Move, Idioms) projects are cited by Education Minister in his blog.

* October 7, 2010: NIE, Nan Chiau Primary School, Singapore Centre for Chinese Language and Microsoft signed a Memorandum of Intent which is pertinent to a three-year study code-named MyCLOUD 语飞行云. The prospective project will be a mega-scale follow-up of "Move, Idioms!" with the same seamless language learning approach being integrated into the formal Chinese curriculum for Primary 3-5.

* September 15-18, 2010: Lung Hsiang joined a delegate team comprised of people from Nan Chiau Primary School, Singapore Centre for Chinese Language and Microsoft Singapore to visit Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing. The research visit is pertaining to the upcoming MyCLOUD project.

* September 2010: Our paper, "Analysis of the Learner Content Creation Process in a 1:1 Seamless Idiom Learning Environment", is nominated for Best Paper Award at International Conference on Computers in Education 2010.

* August 12, 2010: Nan Chiau Primary School showcased "Move, Idioms!" project to visitors Prof. Lee Wing On, Dean of Research of NIE, Prof. Victor Chen, Head of LSL, and delegates from Singapore Examinations & Assessment Board (SEAB).

* July 8, 2010: The project team hosted Prof. Elliot Soloway and Prof. Cathie Norris to observe a regular "Move, Idioms!" class. Both professors were duly impressed by the study and had great fun in modeling for the students for photo taking.

* July 1, 2010: Lung Hsiang presented the paper "Students' Meaning Making in a Mobile Assisted Chinese Idiom Learning Environment" at ICLS 2010 @ Chicago, USA, which was very well-received.

* June, 2010: "Move, Idioms!" received coverage by NIE News.

* June 3, 2010: "Move, Idioms!" received news coverage by My Paper.

* June 2, 2010: Lung Hsiang was interviewed by FM95.8 Capitol Radio on "Move, Idioms!".

* April 16, 2010: Lung Hsiang presented the paper "Mobile-Assisted Vocabulary Learning in Real-Life Setting for Primary School Students: Two Case Studies" at WMUTE 2010 @ Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The paper went on receiving the Best Paper Award.

* March 2010: "Move, Idioms!' received coverage by The Straits Times.

* March 2010: "Move, Idioms!" was showcased at Excel Fest 2010 @ Suntec City, Singapore.

* March 2, 2010: Lung Hsiang and Singapore Centre for Chinese Language folks hosted delegates from Lu Feng Technology, our overseas learning content provider, who visited the Centre and Nan Chiau Primary School.

* February 15, 2010: "Move, Idioms!" received coverage by various MediaCorp channels (TV8, TV5, ChannelNewsAsia and Channel U).

* December, 2009: "Move, Idioms!' won Gold Medal at National Innovation & Quality Convention (NIQC) 2009, Ministry of Education.

* November 18, 2009: "Move, Idioms!" was featured in the corporate video of Singapore Centre for Chinese Language specially produced for the Centre's Grand Opening Ceremony. The video was played to the Guest-of-Honour, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, and more than a hundred of politicians, educators, scholars and cultural figures from local and overseas.


Publications arisen from this project:

Journal Papers

Wong, L.-H., Chin, C.-K., Tan, C.-L., & Liu, M. (2010).
Students' Personal and Social Meaning Making in a Chinese Idiom Mobile
Learning Environment. Accepted by: Educational Technology & Society. (SSCI-listed)  [full paper]

Wong, L.-H., Zhan, Y., Chin, C.-K., Tay, B.-P. (in-press). A Wiki Technology-Supported Seamless Learning Approach for Chinese Language Learning. Accepted by: US-China Education Review, 8(12).

Wong, L.-H., & Chin, C.-K. (in-press). Development of a
curriculum design framework for the mobile-assisted idiom learning
process through design-based research. Accepted by: Chinese Language Education. (In Chinese)

Wong, L.-H., & Chin, C.-K. (In-press). Towards a new era of Chinese Language learning with mobile technology. Accepted by: Chinese Language Education. (In Chinese)

Wong, L.-H., & Looi, C.-K. (2010). Vocabulary learning by
mobile-assisted authentic content creation and social meaning making:Two
case studies. Computer Assisted Learning. Published online: 5 August, 2010. (SSCI-listed)

Book Chapter

Wong, L.-H., Liu, M., Chin, C.-K., Tan, C.-L., & Gong, C. (In-press). Using mobile technology to extend in-class Chinese idiom learning to daily life: a pilot study. In C.-K. Chin (Ed.), Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Second Language: An International Perspective. Singapore: Singapore Centre for Chinese Language. (In Chinese)

Conference Papers

Wong, L.-H., Chen, W.-L., Zhan, Y., & Chin, C.-K. (in-press). Analysis of Small Group Interactions in a Seamless Language Learning Environment: An Artifact-Oriented Approach. Accepted by: International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, Hong Kong SAR, China.

Wong, L.-H., Chin, C.-K., Tan, C.-L., Liu, M., Zhan, Y. (2010). Analysis of the learner content creation process in a 1:1 mobile idiom learning environment. Proceedings of International Conference on Computers in Education 2010 (pp.352-359). Putrajaya, Malaysia. (Nominated for Best Paper Award)

Zhan, Y., Wong, L.-H., & Chin, C.-K. (2010). "Move, Idioms!" - The design and enactment of a idiom learning process that bridges formal and informal learning. Proceedings of Annual Conference of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language 2010 (no pagination), Hsin-Chuang, Taiwan. (In Chinese)

Wong, L.-H., & Looi, C.-K. (2010). Mobile-Assisted Vocabulary Learning in Real-Life Setting for Primary School Students: Two Case Studies. In Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Wireless, Mobile and Ubiquitous Technology in Education 2010 (pp. 88-95), Kaohsiung, Taiwan.  (Winner of Best Paper Award)

Wong, L.-H., Chin, C.-K., Tan, C.-L., Liu, M., & Gong, C. (2010). Students' Meaning Making in a Mobile Assisted Chinese Idiom Learning Environment. In Proceedings of International Conference on Learning Sciences 2010 (pp. 349-356). Chicago, USA.

Wong, L.-H. (2010). From facilitated seamless learning to self-directed seamless learning. In Proceedings of Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education 2010 (pp. 33-40). Singapore. (In Chinese)

Wong, L.-H., & Chin, C.-K. (2010). The curriculum design in the mobile-assisted idiom learning process "Move, Idioms!'. In Workshop Proceedings of Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education 2010 (pp. 33-37). Singapore. (In Chinese)

Ting, S.-W., Qian, M., Heng, W.-S., Heng, L.-K., Lim, K.-S., & Wong,
L.-H. (2010). "Move, Idioms!" - The Use of Mobile Technology in the
Teaching of Chinese Idioms. In Proceedings of Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education 2010 (pp. 1159-1165). Singapore. (In Chinese)

Wong, L.-H., & Chin, C.-K. (2009). Towards a new era of Chinese Language learning with mobile technology. In Proceedings
of International Conference on Chinese Language Teacher Education
Models and the Development and Application of Language Learning
Curriculum Materials 2009
(pp. 237-247). Chongqing, China. (In Chinese)

Wong, L.-H., Liu, M., Chin, C.-K., Tan, C.-L., & Gong, C. (2009). Using
mobile technology to extend in-class Chinese idiom learning to daily
life: a pilot study. In Proceedings of International Conference on Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Second Language (pp. 218-225). Singapore. (In Chinese)

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