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Multimedia assisted learning of Japanese kanji characters


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Librenjak, Sara and Vučković, Kristina and Dovedan Han, Zdravko. (2012). Multimedia assisted learning of Japanese kanji characters. In: MIPRO, 21-25 May 2012, Opatija.

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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: Published conference work (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: multimedia tools, kanji, ideograms, learning Japanese
Subjects: Information sciences > Social-humanistic informatics
Departments: Department of Information Science
Date Deposited: 26 May 2014 08:17
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2015 08:42

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