HomeIAMURE International Journal of Educationvol. 8 no. 1 (2013)

Why is it difficult to teach Chinese at a virtual classroom? – A pedagogic view

Jia Yan | William W. Song

Discipline: Education



Nowadays, more and more courses are made available online to increase flexibility in learning time, easy accessibility for students, and richness in usable learning materials. However, many problems occur in Chinese as Second Language (CSL) teaching activity at virtual classroom compared with traditional classroom. For example, it is hard to notice whether a student is present at the classroom or not or it is difficult for students to clearly observe in what exact sequence a Chinese character is written. Through comparison of the CSL learning cases between online classroom and traditional classroom, we intend to identify the web-based teaching and learning problems in teaching Chinese characters from the perspective of pedagogy, and propose a possible solution to the problem. With a case study of teaching the Chinese characters at virtual classroom and a comparative study among online courses, virtual classroom and campus classroom education, we present an initial data analysis of an IT-based method tackling the problems with the proposed solutions.