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Multimedia assisted learning of Japanese kanji characters

Librenjak, Sara ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1696-6777, Kocijan, Kristina and Dovedan, Zdravko (2012) Multimedia assisted learning of Japanese kanji characters. 2012 Proceedings of the 35th International Convention MIPRO. pp. 1284-1289.

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This research presents guidelines for usage of multimedia in learning Japanese writing system for international learners. The writing system in question, the Sino-Japanese script called kanji, consists of at least 2000 commonly used ideograms. Such system presents a great obstacle in acquiring Japanese language for a great number of international learners. The research consists of three parts. Firstly, we provide an overview of existing multimedia tools for learning and teaching the Sino-Japanese script. Secondly, we present the results of survey among 47 international students. They have been surveyed about their methods of learning kanji in classroom and self-study, as well as their perceived difficulties and problems. Lastly, we talk about the experiment about using multimedia in teaching and learning kanji. The group of 6 students spent one semester learning kanji using modern multimedia method, such as websites, videos and smartphones. The group was successful in acquiring a large number (300–400) of characters with greater retention and reported enjoyment in the process, which had been the biggest issues in the acquisition process.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania > PL501-699 Japanese language
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/9833

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