Pairing craft-making with Mandarin eBooks: An investigation into the use of craft for language learning by preschoolers

Wil-kie Tan, Stephen Jia Wang, Jeffrey Janet

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Abstract

Bilingual ethnic Chinese parents are concerned about their preschoolers’ learning of their mother tongue. Many allow their children to learn Mandarin by accessing language applications on mobile devices. However the effectiveness of solely using mobile devices as a learning tool for preschoolers is debatable. This paper presents a field investigation on how adult-facilitated craft-making, generates greater interest the reading of Mandarin eBooks and retention of the stories. The data suggests pairing of activities may be useful to children from across language abilities. This also highlights a need for designers and educators to formulate a holistic design approach in the development of preschool mobile learning content.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalEAI endorsed transactions on creative technologies
Volume4
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes

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