Nowadays, multimedia technology and network technology are widely applied to learning, to provide learners with versatile learning materials. As one of the most difficult languages in the world, learning Chinese characters is hard for junior high school and elementary school students, especially for K2-K3 students. This study investigates the effectiveness of e-learning using the Learning Hierarchy Theory (LHT) in helping K2-K7 students to self-learn Chinese. A total of 60 K3 students were selected from an elementary school in Taichung as subjects. They were evenly divided into experimental and control groups. A Chinese literacy pretest was conducted to assess the samples. Next, a ten-week Chinese self-learning course using LHT was administered on the experimental group; while the "traditional classical reading" was arranged for the control group at the same length. This study found that LHT is more effective in improving Chinese literacy than traditional classical reading. With the e-learning platform constructed by this study, the Chinese literacy of students improved significantly. Therefore, e-learning using LHT is worthy of further development. It is hoped that this platform may provide a reference for future study on e-learning platform development.
Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences,9(3):209-242.