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Applying Cartoons in Chinese Speech Class: A Pedagogical Application at Thai-Chinese International School
Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
The objective of this thesis focuses on the pedagogical application of the use of cartoons for students in developing Chinese language use at Thai-Chinese International School. BothCommunicative Language Teaching (CLT) and Contextual Teaching and Learning (CTL) in the development of the curriculum for teaching Chinese as a second language which includes an overview of the current curriculum available for primary school students at the Thai-Chinese International School. It also includes a summary of literature information on research conducted on the use of film and multi-media in teaching. A questionnaire was designed and conducted to gain background knowledge of student demographics with regards to one’s motivation to learn Chinese, and interests in cartoons in their daily life. An additional survey was conducted which involved interviewing primary school Chinese teachers and gathering their perspectives on applying cartoons in teaching Chinese. The results of the survey were then used to study the application of a Chinese curriculum where appropriate cartoons were selected and integrated in their curriculum. Survey results also suggest that the primary learning interests of students is to obtain oral instruction paired with many activities to practice oral abilities. In summary, literature and survey results suggest that cartoons are a popular medium among primary school students, and can be leveraged appropriately to stimulate motivation and interests of students as they learn a second language. However, most cartoons nowadays are created for entertainment, and few are tailored towards teaching Chinese as a second language. Therefore, teachers have to be aware and choose carefully the types of cartoons that can be used in their curriculum in order to meet class objectives and students’ needs. This thesis will hopefully stimulate further research in this area and promotes additional interests in developing and leveraging the use of cartoons for teaching Chinese as a second language.
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