Designing Web Sites for Chinese as a Second Language Learners: A Usability Testing Study
Shih Ting Lee, Min Liu, Hyeseung Maria Chang, University of Texas at Austin, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-62-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Abstract: This paper reports a usability testing study on Chinese Learning web sites. Two comprehensive sites were selected out of the original pool of sixteen Chinese learning sites. The selection criteria are the inclusion of learning components, high rating scores from a panel of experts, no charge of fees to use and no broken links. Eight novice Chinese learners were recruited to participate in this study and generate a total of sixteen usability testing sessions. This study aims to answer the questions a) what features of a Chinese learning site can contribute to Chinese novice learners' acquisition of Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture? b) what are learners' perceptions of the design features of a Chinese learning website? This study reports the findings in terms of the interface design, interaction design and the information design of the sites. Suggestions on how to improve the design of Chinese learning site will be discussed.
Lee, S.T., Liu, M. & Chang, H.M. (2007). Designing Web Sites for Chinese as a Second Language Learners: A Usability Testing Study. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 876-880). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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