Integration of reading, writing and typing in learning Chinese words

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Research question: Does the combination of writing and typing Chinese lead to more robust learning via better integration?

Learning lab: Chinese Required students: 40 Total study time: 3 to 4 hours Study period: Oct 13 – Nov 7, 2008 (four weeks)

Research design and procedure Students in the Chinese online course at CMU will participate this study as part of their course. There will be 4 one hour long sessions with one week interval between them (see Table 1). The first and the last are testing sessions, and the 2nd and the 3rd are training sessions. In the first session, a pretest on the visual recognition, handwriting, and typing skills will be carried out. In each training sessions, 20 novel Chinese two character words will be taught online through the Integrated Chinese Tutor (ICT). The 3rd session starts with a test on visual recognition and auditory identification task.

Table 1 Experimental sessions in the first semester Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Group A Pretest Handwriting training Test, Handwriting training Posttest Group B Pretest Typing training Test, Handwriting training Posttest

A post-test will be conducted near the end of the semester. The post-test includes a visual recognition task, an auditory identification task, and a translation task.

The ICT will log all student activities including accuracies to the data shop server. Currently the student handwriting images can not be logged automatically to the data shop. Instead, the images are logged to the local computer and uploaded to the data shop manually.