Application Of Whatsapp As An Online Distance Learning Platform In Teaching Mandarin During Covid-19 Pandemic

Foo Terng, Hoe and Teck Heng, Lim and Boon Yih, Mah and Marimuthu, Rasaya and Kai Chee, Lam (2021) Application Of Whatsapp As An Online Distance Learning Platform In Teaching Mandarin During Covid-19 Pandemic. In: 1st International Conference on Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics 2021, 14-15 September 2021, Virtual Conference.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has posted a serious threat globally. Most of the governments worldwide have implemented movement control orders to curb the spread of the virus. Since teachers and students are unable to participate in teaching and learning activities in schools, online distance learning (ODL) has become the major lesson delivery mode using various instant messaging platforms such as WhatsApp. WhatsApp has become a very popular teaching and learning tool as it is an easy-to-use instant messaging application. Thus, the objectives of this study are to discuss the experience of a Mandarin lecturer in using WhatsApp and identify its advantages and disadvantages to teach Mandarin courses. Based on the lecturer’s experience, WhatsApp is just an instructional tool that cannot guarantee the success of conducting ODL. Several advantages and disadvantages of using WhatsApp include suitability for poor internet speed and coverage users, cost saving, easy to use, avoidance of disruptions during ODL, inappropriate evaluation tool, high distractions, and need for early and careful lesson preparation. In conclusion, students and teachers are the main factors to guarantee the success of teaching and learning besides the instructional tool or platform

Item Type: Proceeding (Paper)
Additional Information: COVID-19
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic, movement control order (MCO), online distance learning (ODL), Chinese language courses, WhatsApp; instructional tool
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Education, Language and Communication
Depositing User: Chee
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2021 08:39
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2023 02:11

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