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L2 Chinese students’ perceptions of using WeChat for Chinese learning: A case study

Peiru Tong
  • Department of Chinese Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
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Published Online: 2018-09-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/glochi-2018-0017


Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL), as a specialisation within mobile learning by smartphones, has many benefits as its emphasis is on the mobility of the learner, spontaneous access to learning resources, and interaction across different learning contexts. However research on MALL implementation for Chinese learning is comparatively rare. This study aims to investigate Australian university students’ perceptions on the use of a mobile APP, WeChat, for Chinese language learning in a Studying Abroad (SA) program. The research approach in this study is mainly qualitative-based. Data were collected from 40 Australian university students in a Study Abroad (SA) program. The students’ opinions were collected through interviews and open-ended survey questions and were analysed thematically. Findings indicate in the SA context, the critical issues that emerged were related to learner agency, including language choice and sustained use of the platform for language learning. From an ecological constructivist perspective, a framework for mobile assisted language learning has been proposed. Recommendations are provided for future implementations and research on using WeChat for Chinese learning.

Keywords: mobile assisted language learning; WeChat; Chinese as an additional language; study abroad; ecological constructivism


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Published Online: 2018-09-27

Published in Print: 2018-09-25

Citation Information: Global Chinese, Volume 4, Issue 2, Pages 361–381, ISSN (Online) 2199-4382, ISSN (Print) 2199-4374, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/glochi-2018-0017.

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