A FAQ-Based e-Learning Environment to Support Japanese Language Learning

A FAQ-Based e-Learning Environment to Support Japanese Language Learning

Yuqin Liu (Dalian University of Technology, China), Chengjiu Yin (Kyushu University, Japan), Hiroaki Ogata (University of Tokushima and Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan), Guojun Qiao (Dalian University of Technology, China) and Yoneo Yano (University of Tokushima, Japan)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2032-2.ch016
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In traditional classes, having many questions from learners is important because these questions indicate difficult points for learners and for teachers. This paper proposes a FAQ-based e-Learning environment to support Japanese language learning that focuses on learner questions. This knowledge sharing system enables learners to interact and share information and knowledge through FAQ and e-mail. Teachers contribute answers to discussion among learners. The system also allows learners to discuss and collaborate, stimulating their motivation to study Japanese as a foreign language. All questions are stored in a FAQ database, allowing other learners to reuse resources, helping learners learn by themselves and reduce teacher workloads.
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Many Japanese learning web sites store Japanese learning materials or Bulletin Board Systems (BBS). Examples are HEFENGRIYU (http://www.toyota-j.com/), which provide some Japanese language teaching material. However, these web sites provide only a place for discussions and no administrator ensures the correctness of answers provided there. The reliability of information on these web sites is questionable. One Japanese research group has developed a FAQ system for WBT that deals with questions asked repeatedly(Shimada et al., 2003). This system is convenient for reading questions, but the FAQ system has no search function to deal with previously asked questions. The system does not take reuse into account, so questions may be asked again and have to be answered again, increasing the burden on teachers.

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