横浜国立大学における中国語履修者を対象とした意識調査 [in Japanese] An artitucle survey of learners of Chinese at YNU [in Japanese]
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Class sizes vary a lot among Chinese language courses of YNU. For example, I taught as many as 87 students in the biggest class in Fall Semester in the academic year 2011. In contrast, there were 47 in the smallest one. The average number was 60. I have been wondering how the students of Yokohama National University feel about their learning of Chinese. I conducted a series of questionnaires to my students who registered a Basic Chinese 2a, a required course for freshmen, or a Chinese Seminar, an elective course for sophomores or upper students. The goal of this article is to analyze the results briefly. As for Basic Chinese 2as, although class sizes are generally considered to be too big, the statistical data show that the students are not disappointed with their classes. Rather, most of them feel some satisfaction. This can attributed to the fact that they are motivated and active in learning Chinese. However, the students of Chinese Seminars are not so active as those of Basic Chinese 2as. Although YNU provides various types of classes, most of them feel that when they advance to a higher‐level class, the level and the difficulty of study have suddenly increased. They also wish to get clearer guidance so that they can choose proper classes. At the end of this article, I also propose a flaw chart that shows how students of Basic Chinese 2as can appropriately choose among my four Chinese Seminar classes.
横浜国立大学大学教育総合センター紀要 (2), 1-15, 2012-07