Speakers
Dr Wendy Jiang, Lecturer and Chinese Discipline Coordinator, School of Languages and Cultures

Dr Wenying (Wendy) Jiang taught at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Alberta in Canada and The University of Western Australia in Perth before taking a position at the School of Languages and Cultures at The University of Queensland in Australia. She is a specialist in Applied Linguistics, a graduate of Qufu Normal University (BA 1988, MA 1998) in China, University of Luton (MA 2001) in UK and The University of Queensland (PhD 2006) in Australia. She taught English at Taishan Medical University in China for more than ten years before switching to teaching Chinese as a foreign language in English-speaking countries such as the UK, Canada and Australia. She has been publishing regularly in the fields of second language acquisition, language teaching and learning, and computer assisted language learning (CALL) since 1992. Her monograph "Acquisition of Word Order in Chinese as a Foreign Language" was published by Mouton de Gruyter in 2009. Her article "Measurements of development of L2 written production: the case of Chinese L2" appeared in the journal Applied Linguisticsin 2013 is a widely cited piece of publication.

Dr Seb Dianati, Digital Curriculum Designer, Teaching Fellow, School of Languages and Cultures

Seb works as a Digital Curriculum Designer in the School of Languages and Cultures and conducts applied research that informs the development of the use of digital technologies to support curricula in innovative and flexible ways. In his approach, he aims to evaluate the impact of research about digital and e-learning pedagogies on the enhancement of course and curriculum design in relation to student learning and the student experience. Over the last 10 years, Seb has taught in over 25 different subject domains reflective in his breadth of different undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in science, information technology, business and education. Working as a lecturer at the Student Learning Centre (SLC), Seb designed and implemented new and interactive ways for students to become more connected inside and outside the classroom. Seb’s passion is in free online education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and edX as a method to democratise education. 

Abstract

In this talk, firstly the technologies used in teaching Chinese as a foreign language (CFL) in general will be discussed. Then, focus will turn to the WeChat App used in developing learners’ speaking skills in particular. Under the task-based language teaching (TBLT) framework, learners’ perceptions of a WeChat task being integrated into a Chinese as a foreign language (CFL) curriculum were investigated. The WeChat task linked up learners of Chinese from an Australian university with native speakers of Chinese as international students on the same campus. The learner-native speaker pair were required to complete weekly assigned communication sub-tasks through WeChat for ten weeks in semester 2 of 2017. Both a questionnaire survey and an interview were conducted for data collection. Findings show that participants were very positive with the WeChat task. They expressed their enjoyment and satisfaction in completing the question-asking and answering interactions with native speakers through WeChat. As an important component of the tertiary CFL curriculum, the WeChat task was a great learning task to supplement classroom learning. It is also an ideal learning task that makes use of the native speaker resources and mobile assisted language learning technology to achieve the best learning outcome in teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

 

 

About Research Seminar Series

The School of Languages and Cultures Research Seminar Series provides an opportunity to hear from the School's researchers as well as visitors on a range of topics from the following research areas: Linguistics, Second Language Studies, Studies in Culture, and Translation and Interpreting

UQ students and staff, students and staff from other universities, and members of the general public are very welcome to attend. Registration is not required. 

 

Venue

Sir Llew Edwards Building (#14),
The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus.
Room: 
132