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Document Type

Campus Access

Degree Program

Chinese

Degree Type

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Year Degree Awarded

2010

Month Degree Awarded

February

Keywords

CFL character acquisition, Chinese character formation rationales, computer-assisted courseware for Chinese character learning, phonetic compounds, semantic and phonetic components, radicals

Abstract

TEACHING CHARACTER FORMATION RATIONALES WITH A COMPUTER-ASSISTED COURSEWARE

FEBRURARY 2010

BO FENG, B.A., GUANGZHOU INSTITUTE OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES

M.A., EASTERN ILLILOIS UNIVERSITY

M.F.A, UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST

M.A., UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST

Directed by: Professor Zhongwei Shen

This research conducts a literature survey in the areas of Chinese character error analysis; SLA theories in interlanguage and transfer; systemic characteristics of the Chinese writing system; as well as psycholinguist researches in Chinese character acquisition. CFL learners face critical issues in character acquisition, such as confusions caused by the lack of phonetic awareness, semantic awareness, and contextual interferences. In order to assist CFL learners cope with these issues effectively, it is necessary to develop a computer-assisted courseware utilizing multimedia and web technologies to turn character formation rationales into advance organizers which can be used by CFL learners to restructure newly acquired knowledge and skills. The courseware emphasizes enhancing phonetic awareness, while giving sufficient coverage for semantic awareness and preliminary concepts of spatial configuration of character components.

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Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Shen, Zhongwei