Chinese Character Helpr

Teaching, Learning, & Teacher Education
Faculty Advisor
Justin Olmanson
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Potential UCARE Research Position?
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 17-18
Hours Per Week

Despite the wide use and availability of multimodal print-based and new media-based supports for Chinese character acquisition, few applications exist that allow students to leverage their nascent but very real Chinese language knowledge for character production. Western learners of Chinese struggle with producing and recognizing characters despite having aural and pinyin-related knowledge of many Chinese words and phrases. This difficulty comes in part due to a lack of explicit, easily discernible sound-symbol mappings between spoken words and written characters. Our design is a techno-pedagogical pivot away from rote memorization and toward authentic contextualized character production, noticing, and multimodal support for written expression in Chinese.

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