I am Senior Lecturer in Chinese and Head of Chinese in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at The Open University. I am Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (UK).
Before joining OU, I was Senior Language Teaching officer in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge. Prior to that, I lectured in Chinese Studies at Lancaster University. Between 1992 and 1993, I worked for the BBC World Service as translator and presenter.
I am also Director of Studies in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Christ's College, University of Cambridge. Since 2011, I have been a Visiting Professor of Language Studies of Xi'an University of Posts and Communications, Xi'an, China.
My Wordpress page is: https://kanqian.wordpress.com/
My main research interest is technology-enhanced language learning at a distance, mainly the use of online forums in assisting the learning of Chinese language, the use of reflective forums for intercultural learning, tandem learning, mobile language learning and building online communities by peer mentoring.
My main research interest is technology-enhanced language learning at a distance, mainly the use of education technology in assisting the learning of Chinese language, the use of reflective forums for intercultural learning, etandem learning, peer mentoring and mobile language learning.
I have published numerous learning materials including: Developing Writing Skills in Chinese (Routledge 2014, co-author with Boping Yuan). Teach Yourself Phone Mandarin (Hodder & Stoughton, 2008), Colloquial Chinese (2nd edition 2009), Colloquial Chinese 2 (Routledge 2007), Mandarin Chinese Phrase Book (BBC Active, 2007), Colloquial Chinese CD-Rom (Routledge 1998), Interactive Guide to Chinese Characters CD-Rom (China Chain, 2001).
Developed OU's 'Chinese Characters First Steps' App (iOS and Android versions). The iOS version has had over 30,000 downloads since its release in July 2011
MOVE-ME: MOOCs for University Students on the Move in Europe
This is an EU Funded 2-year Erasmus+ Project (total grant: €296,831) with six partner institutions. Università per Stranieri di Siena (Italy) leads the project. The other 5 partners are: The Open Unviersity (UK), Federazione Nazionale Insegnanti Centro di iniziativa per l’Europa (Italy); National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland), Computer Technology Institute & Press Diophantus (Greece) and Nstitutul De S tiinte Ale Educatiei (Romamia).
The main objective of the project is to facilitate the integration of students in academic mobility enhancing their ability to function in academic and specialized contexts and developing their ability of learning to learn. The MOVE-ME project will create a learning path specifically designed for students in mobility programmes, supporting learners in the acquisition of the competences and skills necessary for understanding academic texts, written and oral, relating to specific disciplines, developing the ability to understand and produce academic writing of various genres.
The learning path will be in the form of two MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in English and Italian, implemented on the IVERSITY platform. Each MOOC consists of 6 modules, focused on communication and academic skills as well as language structures. Learners will engage with interactive, collaborative and peer teaching activities via forum and other communication tools.
In particular the project aims to:
Investigating into strategies used when learning Chinese characters with mobile apps
Previous research has established some common strategies used when learning characters with pen-and-paper. The current study is to investigate if different/new strategies are used when learning characters with mobile apps.
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