Unit Three: Integrating Technology into Chinese Language Teaching--Speaking


Unit Objectives and Assessments

  • Learners are able to tell the different of Chinese four tones by 90% of correction
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate how to facilitate Chinese speaking by using the following technology supports.
  • Teachers will be able to tell which technology form could be support in Chinese speaking practice appropriately according to the learners level.


When design the Chinese speaking curriculum, the designer should let the students be able to do active interacts, both one-side input/output (Tools like Zon), synchronism (Skype, Tokbox videochat, ooVoo and Polycom system), asynchronism ( like Wechat recording). These technologies could let voice communication to be transmitted via the Internet through use of the computer or Smartphone, there also many creative ways to use these technologies in interaction: For online tutoring and peer tutoring

  • For project work with students from other institutions
  • For conferencing with e-pals
  • For connecting students from different schools who are preparing for a combined arts festival or vacation camp or immersion visit.
  • For groups of students participating in culture exchange activities.
  • For linking students with experts in their field (e.g. medical students being interviewed by second students; International exchange language program).( Kervin, L. & Derewianka, B. 2011)

Video materials can bring natural and context-rich linguistic and cultural materials to the learner, while the Internet enables the learner to access authentic news and literature in the target language, which can reflect current cultural changes more effectively than printed sources

Technological Basics of Chinese listening study

Novice -Pinyin

1. Tones

There are four full tones in Mandarin pronunciation, and one neutral tone

First ā Second á Third ă Fourth à Neutral a

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2 Tone changes

  • The 3rd tone is a changeable tone. When two 3rd tones come together, the first 3rd tone should be changed into a 2nd tone, e.g., nĭhăo (你好 hello) should be pronounced níhăo.
  • When a 3rd tone is followed by a 1st, 2nd, 4th or neutral tone, the 3rd tone should be pronounced as a low 3rd tone. In other words it is a low sustained tone, e.g., as in jĭnzhāng (紧张 nervous) and jiĕfàng (解放 liberate). Both jĭn and jiĕ stay in the lower part of your voice and you don’t move the sound up.
  • Only under the following situations should the 3rd tone be pronounced as a proper 3rd tone:

•when a 3rd tone is on its own. For example, the mono-syllabic expression hăo (好 OK, all right). •when a 3rd tone is at the end of a sentence or a phrase, e.g. fànghăo (放好 to put [something] properly.)

  • When a sentence has three third tones next to each other, it can be changed into the following two patterns:

•second, second and proper third •lower third, second and proper third.

3 Rules for writing, and for reading out loud

  • If a word begins with u the written form is w, so ua would be written wa but still pronounced ua.
  • If a word begins with i the written form is y, so iè would be written yè but still pronounced ie. *The written form of iā is yā, and the written form of üè is yuè.
  • The vowel u after the consonants j, q and x should be pronounced ü. In other words, there is no u sound after j, q and x in Mandarin pronunciation.
  • There is no ü sound after the consonants z, c, s, h, r, zh, ch, and sh in Mandarin pronunciation.
  • In written Pinyin the letter “i” after z, c, s, zh, ch, sh and r has no sound but is used as a vehicle for indicating the tones. For example the word zhī should be read as “zh” in the first tone.

Intermediate -Pick up words

Software like Zon, which is a Chinese online learning environment designed to each Chinese language and culture through game play. Zon players can communicate with teach other throughout each scene, and it’s designed to provide social and environmental scaffolds to support player learning.

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Picture of Multiplayer browser based Mandarin Language game.


Mark Rowswell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXJs3-s4iMk

Using real-life situations, the most useful phrases and thorough explanations, Communicate in Chinese helps you grasp Chinese more quickly to make your life in China that much easier. This series has 38 lessons. It was aired on CCTV News (CCTV9), the English Channel of China´s national TV station.

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iPad support Chinese Speaking

iPad inspires creativity and hands-on learning with features you won’t find in any other educational tool — on a device that students really want to use. Powerful apps from the App Store like iTunes U and iBooks let students engage with content in interactive ways, find information in an instant, and access an entire library wherever they go. Ipad teaching has been popular since the begining of 2010s', and it becomes a trend of using Ipad in Chinese language teaching.



Please check out how to speak certain nouns by searching these website tools.

Speaking Group 1

Speaking Group 2

Speaking Group 3


Zhao, Y. (2003). Recent developments in technology and language learning: A literature review and meta-analysis. CALICO journal, 21(1), 7-27.

Pinyin pronunciation for Mandarin: http://www.ctcfl.ox.ac.uk/Pinyin.html

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