Dr Wong Lung Hsiang Publishes Papers in Instructional Science and Comunicar

Dr Wong Lung Hsiang Publishes Papers in Instructional Science and Comunicar

Monday, 27 March 2017

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Dr Wong Lung Hsiang, Senior Research Scientist at the Learning Sciences Lab of Office of Education Research, has published papers at two different SSCI-indexed journals.  This brings the number of papers published by the research programme of seamless Chinese learning (project IDs: OER 14/09 WLH, OER 17/10 WLH, OER 16/12 WLH, OER 14/14 WLH) – spearheaded by Dr Wong since 2009 – in SSCI-indexed journals to a total of ten.  

Published in Instructional Science, the paper entitled “Seamlessly learning Chinese: contextual meaning making and vocabulary growth in a seamless Chinese as a second language learning environment” was co-authored by Assistant Professor Ronnel B. King (Education University of Hong Kong), Associate Professor Chai Ching Sing (Learning Sciences and Technologies Academic Group, NIE) and Dr May Liu (Singapore Centre for Chinese Language). The paper focuses on a corpus-based analysis of 1,043 social media items created by Primary 4 students in MyCLOUD, a mobile-assisted seamless Chinese learning environment, to determine the patterns of the students’ vocabulary usage. By participating in activities over a year, the students gradually developed their propensity to proactively and spontaneously make meaning through interacting with their living spaces. This resulted in the retrieval of a greater diversity of the learnt vocabulary and the application of the language, particularly the use of significantly more “less frequent words” in the informal learning contexts, as compared to those from the formal classroom contexts.

Another paper entitled “Seamless Language Learning: Second Language Learning with Social Media” is published in the Comunicar, and is co-authored with Associate Professor Chai Ching Sing and Associate Professor Aw Guat Poh (Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group, NIE). The conceptual paper proposes the SMILLA (Social MedIa as Language Learning Artifacts) Framework, underpinned by the “ecological perspective of language learning” and the “communicative language teaching” approach to operationalise seamless language learning with the use of social media. The language learning model emphasizes weaving together different forms of language learning activities that take place in different learning contexts to achieve seamless language learning. It promotes social interactions with social media about the learners’ day-to-day life using the targeted second or foreign language. MyCLOUD will be described to illustrate the practicality of the SMILLA Framework.