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The Research of Designing Web-based Teaching Material on Chinese Characters for Thai Students
Computer Assisted Instruction
Chinese Character teaching
Chinese language learning - Thai student
To Thai learners, the major problems and obstacles they face while learning Chinese are memorizing and writing Chinese characters. With referenced information and needs analysis, the study found that there were several limitations causing Chinese language instructions inefficient. These limitations made Thai learners not comprehensively understood the basic knowledge of Chinese characters and the efficient Chinese learning and memorizing methods, this made the learners misunderstood and had bad attitudes to Chinese characters and Chinese characters learning. As a result, the main objective of this study is integrating instructional Multimedia and the Internet to plan and design efficient and appropriate Chinese teaching website as a learning assistant tool for Thai learners and solve above mentioned problems. The procedures of this research were started from collecting information and reviewing related theories and learners and teachers opinions. Next, the researcher did analysis, synthesis, planed and designed Chinese teaching website suited for the situation of Chinese study in Thailand and the needs of Thai learners. Then, the research developed a sample website and did pilot test to improve the efficiency of the website. The last step was doing the evaluation of the website in order to continuously improve the website and provide suggestions. From pre and post evaluation of the pilot website, the study found that for Thai learners from different levels of Chinese, the basic understanding about Chinese characters, the attitudes toward Chinese characters and Chinese learning were more positive. The comparison result shown the better memory of Chinese characters from pre and post tests, which proved that the website was efficient and it assisted Thai learners from different levels of Chinese had better understanding, reduced anxiety on learning Chinese Characters and supported Chinese characters memory. According to the website evaluation conducted by Thai learners and instructors who have used the website, the varieties of designs of the website were highly appraised and rated. That also indicated that the design and effectiveness of the website were corresponding to users' needs to a great extent.
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