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1 GoChinese Curriculum-focused online language learning platform 2011 Asia Pacific ICT Grand Award, Education & Training, 2006 Hong Kong ICT Grand Award, eLearning, 2006

2 Discussion topics What is GoChinese How is GoChinese being used around the world Qualitative feedback and quantifiable improvement from GoChinese

3 What is GoChinese

4 Offering Teachers & Students … 1.Resources that support: - Your textbooks - Your courses - Your particular curriculum 2.Support for teacher-created lessons and exercises 3.Tools for students to learn from self-submitted content 4.Performance and usage feedback 1.Resources that support: - Your textbooks - Your courses - Your particular curriculum 2.Support for teacher-created lessons and exercises 3.Tools for students to learn from self-submitted content 4.Performance and usage feedback Online Learning Platform that … … automatically generates the voice output, Pinyin, English definitions and both character forms all Chinese text. The core of GoChinese

5 What does GoChinese look like? Double-click or highlight words to hear the voice Point cursor to view its definitions Hanyu Pinyin displayed alongside the Chinese characters Select among many other learning features – from Podcast downloads to auto-graded exercises

6 Taking a closer look … Using GoChinese to transform any text into a multimedia-rich, actual language learning resource Lets look at a demo in GoChinese …

7 Teacher and student-created resources placed alongside curriculum-based learning materials

8 8 Personalizes the learning experience, featuring instructor-assigned and any self-created materials Integrates in- classroom and outside classroom work Customization of learning materials for or from the institution Supports instructor-created materials Assesses, monitors and communicates with learners Global pool of instructor-created resources Engages all participants in the learning process Flexible, collaborative publishing platform No incremental costs for producing online resources Copyright protections

9 Taking a closer look … Lets look at a demo again …

10 Unprecedented functionalities Enriched lessons Supports the layout of typical lessons Voice, definitions, phonetics, annotations, Podcasts/MP3 downloads and other features Support graphics and video links Online assessment Full range of auto-graded exercise types Voice can also be auto-generated at all parts of the exercise set Wide range of homework and testing features, including exercise pools and re-takes Authoring and content management Lessons and exercise templates Editing and linguistic adjustment tools Ability to control the student groups accessing the content, timing, etc. Feedback and reporting, for individual classes and students Usage reports Score records

11 Whats more? GoChineses linguistic strengths … Challenge #1 By adding phonetic elements to all text: All words read aloud with linguistic accuracy Hanyu Pinyin phonetics auto-generated for all words Supports textbook-style presentation of characters and phonetics Chinese is a non-alphabetic, non-phonetic language Some characters have more than one sound: Example:huìyì kuàijì meetingaccounting A Challenge Addressed by GoChinese

12 … addressing the challenges with learning Chinese Challenge #2 By extracting words and looking-up definitions: All Chinese characters are automatically grouped into words English definitions instantly displayed Comprehension:Words are not explicitly delineated & dictionary look-up is not easy Example: guóhuà lǎoshī hé xiàozhǎng shì hǎo péngyou Měiguó huàjiā zài zhè suǒ xuéxiào zhǎngdà GoChinese knows to group together the above characters differently, to form different words. A Challenge Addressed by GoChinese

13 Taking a closer look … GoChineses usage and performance feedback reports empowers teachers and further motivates students

14 Students enjoy monitoring their performance

15 Teachers can monitor the performance of all students

16 And check the usage of students, class or entire school

17 How is GoChinese being used around the world

18 With first-of-its-kind learning opportunities, globally In the UK, we are offering courses that also conduct assessment for government-recognized certifications. This integrated learning experience successfully motivating Our Ladys Convent Schools non-academic track students. At Avondale Grammar School in Singapore, primary students were able to engage in interactive exercises based on their textbook content. reports to parents. Supporting many of the international schools in Mainland China. Dulwich College Suzhou using GoChinese actively to support homework assignments. At Sparta Middle and High Schools in New Jersey, the teacher is using GoChinese to modify passages and dialogues presented in their textbook. Over 30,000 logins at South Island School in Hong Kong to date. GoChinese providing textbook, GCSE and IB support and served as a valuable resource especially when textbooks were delayed.

19 Enthusiastic teachers and students The students are enjoying it and its amazing to see how I.T. motivates them. Most of all, it is very effective. For me, I like GoChinese's flexibility and it saves me a lot of admin work. I dont need to worry about the paper work, and they can be re-used over and over again, with some modifications. – Michelle Hsu-McWilliam, Teacher, Merchiston Castle School, UK I believe GoChinese is an excellent and helpful software. It helps us to better understand certain meaning and sentence structures. GoChinese is a very good tool, because files can be downloaded to an MP3 player, so it is possible to practice on the go. Overall, GoChinese helped me push pass difficult words and structures. Thanks to such a great program I feel more confident in learning Chinese, and I hope this software continues to run here. – Samuel Batista, Student, CUNY, New York It's great that you have the ability to look at every characters and pinyin plus the English meaning and also hear the words all at the same time. Its great that you get to learn everything in detail. [I love] being able to check your scores and the competitions… its a thrill to be at the top of the score board. – Joan Amo, student, Our Ladys Convent School, UK

20 Featured usages Classroom: Jazzing up the class Language lab: Resources integrated with classroom activity Outside school: Additional learning support; develop independent learning. 30%-50% of logins outside the classroom/lab. Online homework. Reduces teachers workload. Part of student grade. Collaborative resources, both among teachers and students. Expanding courses with limited specialist teachers. Hybrid / distance learning classes

21 Qualitative feedback & quantifiable improvements

22 Raising Scores on CASLS Pilot Exams School: U.S. East coast private school Exam: The Center for Applied Second Language Studies Reading Proficiency Exams – 2009 (at University of Oregon) Top Table: Chinese 2 class Studied with textbooks Used GoChinese to learn from materials found on the Internet that students copied & paste into the platform Bottom Table: Chinese 3 class Studied with textbooks only Conclusion: Chinese 2 students achieved equal or higher reading scores than Chinese 3 students, who also had 2 more years of Chinese

23 Raising Scores on UK GCSE Exams School: Secondary school in Hackney, London Exam: Chinese GCSE (for 16 year olds) 64% of students scored the highest marks A/A+, higher scores than for any other subject (1) Students learning Chinese had one less year of study; no native Chinese students


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