Online Comic in Mandarin Chinese’s Vocabulary Learning: A Case Study of Budi Utama Multilingual School in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Authors:
Nuning Catur Sri Wilujeng, Yogyakartya State University, Indonesia
Yu-Ju Lan, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Email: nuning@uny.ac.id
Published: September 2015
https://doi.org/10.22492/ije.3.2.02

Citation: Wilujeng, N. C. S., & Lan, Y.-J. (2015). Online Comic in Mandarin Chinese’s Vocabulary Learning: A Case Study of Budi Utama Multilingual School in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. IAFOR Journal of Education, 3(2). https://doi.org/10.22492/ije.3.2.02


Abstract

This study was aimed to investigate 1) the improvement of CFL elementary-school students’ skill in learning Mandarin Chinese (hereafter referred to as Mandarin) vocabulary through creating comic without online resources, creating online comics individually and collaboratively, 2) the CFL elementary-school students’ attitude towards the application of comics in learning Mandarin vocabulary, and 3) the CFL elementary-school students’ attitude towards the application of collaborative activities in learning Mandarin vocabulary. The research design was based on a quasi-experiment using both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Three classes participated in this study: one class was the control group using text-based instruction without online resources; the other two classes were the experimental groups 1 and 2. In the experimental group 1, students worked individually on online comic whereas in the experimental group 2, students worked collaboratively on online comic. All participants were Grade 5 students of Budi Utama Multilingual School in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The collected and analyzed data included performances on Mandarin vocabulary, in-class observation, questionnaires, and interview. In Mandarin vocabulary performances, the experimental group 2 outperformed the other two groups and the experimental group 1 performed better than the control group. In the students’ attitude, the experimental group 2 behaved more positively than the two other groups, and the control group behaved more positively than the experimental group 1.

Keywords

online comic, Mandarin, collaborative learning, computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL), technology enhanced language learning (TELL)