Applying visual mnemonics enhances Chinese characters learning for Chinese as second language learners: A mixed-method study

Felix LEMINEN, Shurui Tiffany BAI

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Abstract

This study examines the effectiveness of two distinct methods for learning Chinese characters: one that incorporates a hierarchical approach with writing and visual mnemonics, and another that utilizes a hierarchical approach combined with writing. Utilizing a crossover trial design, the research investigates the impact of these strategies on memory retention and learner satisfaction among 30 participants with little or no prior experience in Chinese studies. The evaluation parameters included the accuracy of written strokes, the completion of entirely correct characters, and participants' perceptions of each learning method. The outcomes revealed a significant improvement in memory retention and learning ease when the learning method incorporated visual mnemonics. This finding suggests a novel pedagogical strategy in Chinese character learning, offering a promising alternative for educators in the Chinese language. Copyright © 2023 Copyright held by the owner/author(s).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Digital Technology in Education, ICDTE 2023
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages150-154
ISBN (Electronic)9798400708527
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 08 Sept 2023

Citation

Leminen, F., & Bai, S. (2023). Applying visual mnemonics enhances Chinese characters learning for Chinese as second language learners: A mixed-method study. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Digital Technology in Education, ICDTE 2023 (pp. 150-154). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3626686.3631646

Keywords

  • Visual mnemonics
  • Hierarchical approach
  • Chinese as second language learners

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