This learning module consists of video clips from a TV drama. The listening comprehension questions include multiple choice, jumbled sentences, matching, and cloze exercises.
Learning outside the classroom, or in class if there is text provided
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
To increase listening comprehension skills
Target Student Population:
Intermediate to advanced Chinese
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
At least two years of Chinese learning
This module is based on a TV drama produced by the Taiwan Public Television. The video clips consist of language used in social interaction. They also show real outfits, locations, and other authentic visuals that are culturally rich. The exercises are appropriate, and learners can request feedback by clicking on a check button.
The video images are not very clear, and the loading time is long. Another concern is the use of Taiwanese pronunciation/accent, which differs from standard pronunciation. This could confuse learners who are not native speakers of Chinese.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This module provides students with good listening comprehension practice outside the classroom. It also enriches students learning of social interaction among people of different ages, genders, and social status.
The potential effectiveness as a teaching/learning tool is compromised by the absence of texts to accompany the video clips. Accompanying texts and vocabulary lists would significantly enhance these learning materials.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The website provides clear instructions, and it is very easy to navigate.
The background of the exercise pages is quite plain.
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