A Study on Performance of Mandarin Speaking Test among Non-Native Speakers through Bio-feedback

Yong, Ying Mei and Sharifah Intan Safina, Syed Zubir and Muhammad Nubli, Abdul Wahab (2016) A Study on Performance of Mandarin Speaking Test among Non-Native Speakers through Bio-feedback. In: International Conference on Humanities and Technology (ICOHAT 2016), 16-19 August 2016 , Avillion Hotel, Melaka. pp. 1-16..

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Abstract

The advantages of mastering Mandarin as a foreign language may increase competence among students in working fields in future, especially those who are able to communicate in Mandarin well. In Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), the number of students enrolling in Mandarin course is increasing every year. However, some students demonstrate good performance in Mandarin speaking test while some students are weak. This study investigated the students’ performance in Mandarin speaking test between good performers and weak performers through bio-feedback, specifically Heart Rate Variability (HRV). A total of 86 non-Chinese students from Mandarin for Intermediate course took part as the respondents. A total of 30 out of the 86 students were chosen as focus group. The research instruments included Mandarin speaking script, biofeedback instrument and Mandarin speaking test evaluation form. The frequency analysis by HRV aimed to investigate the level of stress and relax on Mandarin speaking test among focus group students. The finding shows the comparison of the performance of the Mandarin speaking test between good performers and weak performers through HRV. From this study, it can be concluded that positives stress will motivate students to perform well, while too relax can cause students’ performance weak in Mandarin speaking test. Therefore, the balance of stressful and relax by controlling emotion can influence to students’ performance in Mandarin speaking test.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Speaking test; Language performance; biofeedback; Heart Rate Variability; Mandarin as a foreign language.
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Faculty/Division: Centre For Modern Languages and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs. Neng Sury Sulaiman
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2017 05:55
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2018 04:16
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/14281
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