Some students have found the learning of Chinese an arduous task due to their lack of vocabulary and practice. They have difficulties articulating their thoughts and views. These adversely affect their confidence and motivation to learn.
To tackle this issue, the team from St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School developed a mobile app, Chinese GO!, to help students learn structured content in the syllabus via game dynamics. Chinese GO! is built on the existing teaching and learning packages. It promotes self-directed learning which can take place anytime, anywhere on mobile devices. Students play the game to build up their vocabulary and this enables their avatars to evolve over time. The presence of peer competition and the Champion Board motivates students to continue playing the game so as to outperform their peers. In the process, their vocabulary is strengthened. This learning platform appeals to students and enables them to learn Chinese in a joyful and self-directed manner.