The Use of ICT in Singapore’s Primary Chinese Lessons
A Study Based on Classroom Observation
Keywords:Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Chinese language teaching, pedagogy, textbook, classroom interaction
This paper examines how information and communication technology (ICT) is utilized for the purpose of teaching Chinese language in Singapore’s primary school. From the analysis of 17 Chinese lessons, conclusions regarding the role of ICT in Singapore’s Chinese language teaching emerge, showing how various types of ICT tools and materials are manipulated for different purposes of teaching, how ICT is combined with pedagogies widely used in Chinese language teaching, how ICT is incorporated into classroom interaction, and how ICT works together with textbook in Chinese classroom. This paper also attempts to explain the findings of data analysis in terms of teachers’ attitude to ICT use, the problems of policy initiatives and the limitation of technology itself.
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