Learning Chinese

Learning Chinese
Linguistic, Sociocultural, and Narrative Perspectives

by Patricia Duff,Tim Anderson,Roma Ilnyckyj,Ella VanGaya,Rachel Wang,Elliott Yates

  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter
  • Release : 2013-03-01
  • Pages : 337
  • ISBN : 1934078778
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The acquisition of Mandarin Chinese, one of the most important and widely spoken languages in the world today, is the focus of this innovative study. It describes the rise of Chinese as a global language and the many challenges and opportunities associated with learning it. The collaborative, multiple-case study and cross-case analysis is presented from three distinct but complementary theoretical and analytic perspectives: linguistic, sociocultural, and narrative. The book reveals fascinating dimensions of Chinese language learning based on vivid first-person accounts (with autobiographical narratives included in the book) of adults negotiating not only their own and others' language and literacy learning, but also their identities, communities, and trajectories as users of Chinese.

Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters

Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters
(HSK Levels 1 -3) A Revolutionary New Way to Learn and Remember the 800 Most Basic Chinese Characters

by Alison Matthews,Laurence Matthews

  • Publisher : Tuttle Publishing
  • Release : 2011-12-20
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 146290128X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This user–friendly book is aimed at helping students of Mandarin Chinese learn and remember Chinese characters. At last—there is a truly effective and enjoyable way to learn Chinese characters! This book helps students to learn and remember both the meanings and the pronunciations of over 800 characters. This otherwise daunting task is made easier by the use of techniques based on the psychology of learning and memory. key principles include the use of visual imagery, the visualization of short "stories," and the systematic building up of more complicated characters from basic building blocks. Although Learning Chinese Characters is primarily a book for serious learners of Mandarin Chinese, it can be used by anyone with an interest in Chinese characters, without any prior knowledge of Chinese. It can be used alongside (or after, or even before) a course in the Chinese language. All characters are simplified (as in mainland China) but traditional characters are also given, when available. Key features: Specially designed pictures and stories are used in a structured way to make the learning process more enjoyable and effective, reducing the need for rote learning to the absolute minimum. The emphasis throughout is on learning and remembering the meanings and pronunciations of the characters. Tips are also included on learning techniques and how to avoid common problems. Characters are introduced in a logical sequence, which also gives priority to learning the most common characters first. Modern simplified characters are used, with pronunciations given in pinyin. Key information is given for each character, including radical, stroke–count, traditional form, compounds, and guidance on writing the character. This is a practical guide with a clear, concise and appealing layout, and it is well–indexed with easy look–up methods. The 800 Chinese characters and 1,033 compounds specified for the original HSK Level A proficiency test are covered.

Teaching and Learning Chinese

Teaching and Learning Chinese
Issues and Perspectives

by Jinfa Cai,Jianguo Chen,Chuang Wang

  • Publisher : IAP
  • Release : 2010-07-01
  • Pages : 369
  • ISBN : 1617350664
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The book is linked to the annual theme of the 2008 CAERDA International Conference with contributing authors serving as keynote speakers, invited panelists, paper presenters, as well as specialists and educators in the field. The book provides a most comprehensive description of and a theoretically wellinformed and a scholarly cogent account of teaching and learning Chinese in general and in the United States in particular. It examines a wide range of important issues in Chinese teaching and learning: current state in teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL) in the United States, US national standards for learning foreign languages K-12, policy making about how to meet the growing demand for Chinese language and cultural education with regard to a national coordination of efforts, professional teacher training in terms of the quantity and quality of Chinese language teachers at all levels, promotion of early language learning, characteristics of Chinese pedagogy, aspects of Chinese linguistics, methods and methodology in teaching TCSL, techniques and technology in Chinese language education, curriculum and instruction in TCSL, cultural aspects of teaching Chinese as a Second Language, issues in Chinese pedagogy, development of Chinese as a Heritage Language (HL) and the issue of cultural identity for bilingual/multilingual learners (particularly bilingual/multilingual children), testing and evaluation in TCSL, Chinese literacy and reading, approaches to instruction and program design, etc.

Learning Chinese in Diasporic Communities

Learning Chinese in Diasporic Communities
Many pathways to being Chinese

by Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen,Andy Hancock

  • Publisher : John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Release : 2014-07-15
  • Pages : 243
  • ISBN : 9027270244
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book brings together new theoretical perspectives and bilingual education models from different sociopolitical and cultural contexts across the globe in order to address the importance of sociocultural, educational and linguistic environments that create, enhance or limit the ways in which diasporic children and young people acquire the ‘Chinese’ language. The chapters present a variety of research-based studies on Chinese heritage language education and bilingual education drawing on detailed investigations of formal and informal educational input including language socialization in families, community heritage language schools and government sponsored educational institutions. Exploring the many pathways of learning ‘Chinese’ and being ‘Chinese’, this volume also examines the complex nature of language acquisition and development, involving language attitudes and ideologies as well as linguistic practices and identity formation. Learning Chinese in Diasporic Communities is intended for researchers, teacher-educators, students and practitioners in the fields of Chinese language education and bilingual education and more broadly those concerned with language policy studies and sociolinguistics.

Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language

Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language
A Pedagogical Grammar

by Janet Zhiqun Xing

  • Publisher : Hong Kong University Press
  • Release : 2006-01-01
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9622097626
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book provides a research-based account of how to teach and learn Chinese as a foreign language. In addition to the discussion of relevant second/foreign language research, this volume gives detailed information on ways to develop a pedagogical modelthat is uniquely suited to teaching Chinese in five key areas: pronunciation (tones and pinyin), characters and words, sentences (when and why different sentence structures are used), discourse and pragmatic competence (coherence and genre), and cultural competence. Specially written for Chinese language teachers, student teachers and applied linguists, this is the first book written in English that systematically addresses all major aspects involved in teaching and learning Chinese as a foreign language. This book covers all the fundamental grammar elements in Chinese, explains their functions in discourse and communication, and explores different strategies for teaching and engaging students in learning the language.

Teaching and Learning Chinese in Global Contexts

Teaching and Learning Chinese in Global Contexts
CFL Worldwide

by Linda Tsung,Ken Cruickshank

  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release : 2011-01-13
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 1441100393
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Learning Chinese as a Heritage Language

Learning Chinese as a Heritage Language
An Australian Perspective

by Guanglun Michael Mu

  • Publisher : Multilingual Matters
  • Release : 2015-10-06
  • Pages : 173
  • ISBN : 1783094303
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book explores the fascinating topic of heritage language learning, looking in particular at Chinese Australians’ learning of Chinese. The author studies the investment, challenges and benefits of heritage language learning across varied contexts including school, work, home and in the community. The book investigates how Chinese Australians navigate and negotiate their Chineseness and how resources are used to support their learning. The book is based on a mixed methods study which uses Bourdieu’s sociological theory, and offers implications for sociologists of language and education, Chinese heritage language learners and teachers, as well as language and cultural policy makers.

Teaching and Learning Chinese in Schools

Teaching and Learning Chinese in Schools
Case Studies in Quality Language Education

by Robyn Moloney,Hui Ling Xu

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2018-05-29
  • Pages : 102
  • ISBN : 3319893726
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book presents the principles of quality teaching in Chinese, as exemplified in case studies of primary and secondary school classrooms. Drawing on data from five Australian schools, the authors identify the key practices necessary to produce a quality learning experience for students. The book offers a thorough grounding in the issues involved in teaching different age groups, and many practical strategies, including a comprehensive overview of digital technologies for teaching and learning Chinese. It will provide a valuable resource for students and scholars of applied linguistics, in addition to supporting teacher training and professional development.

Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education

Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education
Theoretical and Practical Issues

by Yang Lu

  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release : 2017-02-24
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN : 131552080X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education deals with the current issues and challenges faced by teachers and learners of Chinese. Written by leading professionals and academics, the book is the first collection of research articles based on data collected in higher education institutions in the UK. The studies focus on concerns related to learners of Chinese as a foreign language (CFL) and aim to establish studies on teaching Chinese as a foreign language (TCFL) as part of the mainstream of applied linguistics The contributors have applied their theoretical backgrounds in applied linguistics and education to tackle issues such as how to benchmark the Chinese written language with CEFR, how to integrate standardised Chinese proficiency tests with institutional assessments and teaching methodologies. Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education will be invaluable to professionals, academics and students seeking theoretical frameworks in applied linguistics for TCFL.

Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Second or Foreign Language

Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Second or Foreign Language
Emerging Trends

by Ko-Yin Sung

  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release : 2019-10-23
  • Pages : 268
  • ISBN : 1498574807
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Second or Foreign Language, edited by Ko-Yin Sung, addresses three emerging themes in the field of Chinese language teaching and learning. (1) Increasingly ubiquitous in all language learning and teaching, and for the learning of Chinese as a second language in particular, information and communication technology (ICT) can serve as an important and effective tool. Several chapters focus on how certain emerging ICT tools are applied in teaching and learning Chinese as a second language. (2) Due to China’s economic and political influence, the number of students of all ages studying Chinese as a second language—but especially young learners—has increased in many parts of the world. Despite this, the research into teaching Chinese to young learners has lagged behind. Several chapters investigate young learners’ motivations and effective methods for assisting them to master the Chinese language. (3) The writing system of the Chinese language poses many challenges for learners, especially those more familiar with alphabetical languages. In light of this difficulty in learning Chinese characters, some of the chapters identify effective teaching and learning strategies to master the Chinese language.

Perspectives on Teaching and Learning Chinese Literacy in China

Perspectives on Teaching and Learning Chinese Literacy in China
A Book

by Cynthia Leung,Jiening Ruan

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2012-10-03
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN : 9400748221
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is one of two volumes by the same editors that explore historical, philosophical, and cultural perspectives on literacy in China. This volume focuses on Chinese literacy, while the other volume is on English literacy. Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the country has witnessed a dramatic increase in its literacy rate, but not without challenges. The essays in this volume provide a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary look at changes in Chinese literacy education from ancient times to the modern day. Together, the essays address a wide array of topics, including early Chinese literacy development, children’s literature, foreign translated literature, and uses of information technology to teach Chinese. This authoritative text brings clarity and precision to the field and serves as a vital core resource for those who want to expand their understanding of Chinese literacy education. Its scope is unmatched even in academic literature in the Chinese language.

Interculturality in Learning Mandarin Chinese in British Universities

Interculturality in Learning Mandarin Chinese in British Universities
A Book

by Tinghe Jin

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2020-11-30
  • Pages : 180
  • ISBN : 1315392887
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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As China and Chinese language learning moves centre stage economically and politically, questions of interculturality assume even greater significance. In this book interculturality draws attention to the processes involved in people engaging and exchanging with each other across languages, nationalities and ethnicities. The study, which adopts an ecological perspective, critically examines a range of issues and uses a variety of sources to conduct a multifaceted investigation. Data gathered from interviews with students of Mandarin sit alongside a critical discussion of a wide range of sources. Interculturality in Learning Mandarin Chinese in British Universities will be of interest to students and academics studying and researching Chinese language education, and academics working in the fields of language and intercultural communication, intercultural education and language education in general.

Soft Power and the Worldwide Promotion of Chinese Language Learning

Soft Power and the Worldwide Promotion of Chinese Language Learning
The Confucius Institute Project

by Dr. Jeffrey Gil

  • Publisher : Multilingual Matters
  • Release : 2017-05-11
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN : 1783098074
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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‘The Confucius Institute Project’ – consisting of Confucius Institutes and Classrooms, the posting of Chinese language teachers to overseas schools and universities and the Chinese Bridge language competition – represents an attempt by China to extend its influence globally through the use of soft power. Facilitated by a rapidly increasing demand for Chinese language learning, it has established a presence across the globe and made valuable contributions to the learning and teaching of Chinese. However, this has not necessarily led to an increasingly positive view of China, either at a political or a societal level. Through an analysis of official documents, interviews with those involved, a survey of Chinese-language learners and a study of academic and media sources, the author evaluates the aims of the project, and discusses whether these aims are being met.

Wittgenstein, A One-way Ticket, and Other Unforeseen Benefits of Studying Chinese

Wittgenstein, A One-way Ticket, and Other Unforeseen Benefits of Studying Chinese
A Book

by Perry Link

  • Publisher : The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press
  • Release : 2020-03-15
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9882370942
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is a fascinating, insightful collection of essays by some of the world's most renowned China experts, who share personal recollections of their time in China—often beginning in the 1970s, when foreigners were just beginning to navigate the linguistic and cultural terrain of that country—and reflect on what learning Chinese has meant to them in their careers and lives. Ian Johnson, the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist notes in his essay, it is only by knowing the language that we can effectively enter people's lives—their myths and histories, their interior lives and dreams. Trying to do this without speaking the language is usually fraudulent and results in only a clichéd understanding of other cultures. Simply knowing Chinese won't solve all these problems, but the reverse proposition is true: we can't really understand China and interpret it for audiences back home unless we know the language. Thomas Gorman's equally sprightly essay tells how, in 1974, he set out hitchhiking to Vancouver in order to take a cheap flight to Hong Kong, where he arrived with only $150 in his pocket. Twenty-one years later, he was president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. These ten native English speakers (including veteran journalists, expert in Chinese art history, scholar in classical Chinese literature, teacher of Chinese language, economics policy advisor, business persons, and expert in Chinese law) share rare and, at times, humorous and intimate moments, of how learning and speaking Chinese has removed barriers, built rapport, opened doors and sometimes led them down entirely unexpected roads that have changed the course of their lives.

Chinese Education Models in a Global Age

Chinese Education Models in a Global Age
A Book

by Chuing Prudence Chou,Jonathan Spangler

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2016-04-06
  • Pages : 362
  • ISBN : 9811003300
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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China’s rise, an increasing emphasis on international education benchmarking, and a global recognition of East Asian countries’ success in this regard have brought the issue of Chinese education to the forefront of public consciousness. In particular, the concept of a “Chinese education model” is one that has sparked debate and quickly become a major focus of education research around the world, especially in light of regional achievements vis-à-vis university rankings, bibliometric indices, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), and other such benchmarks. Chinese Education Models in a Global Age tackles this controversial issue head on by synthesizing a diversity of analyses from a world-class team of twenty-seven authors. It reveals that Chinese education models, which are present in many different geographic and institutional contexts, have an important influence on social and institutional norms as well as individual belief systems and behaviors in China and beyond. The first of its kind, this edited volume establishes a foundation for future research while providing a nuanced and tightly integrated compilation of differing perspectives on the role and impact of Chinese education models worldwide. It is essential reading for all scholars, policymakers, students, parents, and educators interested in the rising demographic and economic influence of people of Chinese descent on education around the world.

Cross-Cultural Design. Applications in Health, Learning, Communication, and Creativity

Cross-Cultural Design. Applications in Health, Learning, Communication, and Creativity
12th International Conference, CCD 2020, Held as Part of the 22nd HCI International Conference, HCII 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 19–24, 2020, Proceedings, Part II

by Pei-Luen Patrick Rau

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2020-07-10
  • Pages : 610
  • ISBN : 3030499138
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This two-volume set LNCS 12192 and 12193 constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Cross-Cultural Design, CCD 2020, held as part of HCI International 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark in July 2020.The conference was held virtually due to the corona pandemic. The total of 1439 papers and 238 posters included in the 40 HCII 2020 proceedings volumes was carefully reviewed and selected from 6326 submissions. The regular papers of Cross-Cultural Design CCD 2020 presented in this volume were organized in topical sections named: Health, Well-being and Social Design Across Cultures, Culture, Learning and Communication, and Culture and Creativity.

Cognitive Computing in Technology-Enhanced Learning

Cognitive Computing in Technology-Enhanced Learning
A Book

by Lytras, Miltiadis D.,Aljohani, Naif,Daniela, Linda,Visvizi, Anna

  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Release : 2019-05-31
  • Pages : 345
  • ISBN : 1522590323
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Various technologies and applications such as cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, and learning analytics have received increased attention in recent years. The growing demand behind their adoption and exploitation in different application contexts has captured the attention of learning technology specialists, computer engineers, and business researchers who are attempting to decipher the phenomenon of personalized e-learning, its relation to already conducted research, and its implications for new research opportunities that effect innovations in teaching. Cognitive Computing in Technology-Enhanced Learning is a critical resource publication that aims to demonstrate state-of-the-art approaches of advanced data mining systems in e-learning, such as MOOCs and other innovative technologies, to improve learning analytics, as well as to show how new and advanced user interaction designs, educational models, and adoptive strategies can expand sustainability in applied learning technologies. Highlighting a range of topics such as augmented reality, ethics, and online learning environments, this book is ideal for educators, instructional designers, higher education faculty, school administrators, academicians, researchers, and students.

Innovative Technologies and Learning

Innovative Technologies and Learning
Second International Conference, ICITL 2019, Tromsø, Norway, December 2–5, 2019, Proceedings

by Lisbet Rønningsbakk,Ting-Ting Wu,Frode Eika Sandnes,Yueh-Min Huang

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2019-11-25
  • Pages : 867
  • ISBN : 3030353435
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the Second International Conference on Innovative Technologies and Learning, ICITL 2019, held in Tromsø, Norway, in December 2019. The 85 full papers presented together with 4 short papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 189 submissions. The papers are organized in the following topical sections: application and design of innovative learning software; artificial intelligence and data mining in education; augmented and virtual reality in education; computational thinking in education; design and framework of learning systems; educational data analytics techniques and adaptive learning applications; evaluation, assessment and test; innovative learning in education; mobile learning; new perspectives in education; online course and web-based environment; pedagogies to innovative technologies; social media learning; technologies enhanced language learning; and technology and engineering education.

Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Diaspora

Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Diaspora
A Book

by Chee-Beng Tan

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2013
  • Pages : 506
  • ISBN : 0415600561
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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With around 40 million people worldwide, the ethnic Chinese and the Chinese in diaspora form the largest diaspora in the world. The economic reform of China which began in the late 1970s marked a huge phase of migration from China, and the new migrants, many of whom were well educated, have had a major impact on the local societies and on China. This is the first interdisciplinary Handbook to examine the Chinese diaspora, and provides a comprehensive analysis of the processes and effects of Chinese migration under the headings of: Population and distribution Mainland China and Taiwan's policies on the Chinese overseas Migration: past and present Economic and political involvement Localization, transnational networks and identity Education, literature and media The Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Diaspora brings together a significant number of specialists from a number of diverse disciplines and covers the major areas of the study of Chinese overseas. This Handbook is therefore an important and valuable reference work for students, scholars and policy makers worldwide who wish to understand the global phenomena of Chinese migration, transnational connections and their cultural and identity transformation.

Educating Chinese–Heritage Students in the Global–Local Nexus

Educating Chinese–Heritage Students in the Global–Local Nexus
Identities, Challenges, and Opportunities

by Guofang Li,Wen Ma

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2017-08-14
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 1315394529
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Weaving together a richly diverse range of student voices, perspectives, and insights, this collection of studies from around the world offers the educational community a better understanding of K-12 and adult Chinese–heritage students’ languages, cultures, identities, motivations, achievements, and challenges in various cross-cultural settings outside North America. Specifically, it addresses these overarching questions: What are Chinese–heritage students’ experiences in language and education in and outside schools? How do they make sense of their multiple ethnic and sociocultural identities? What unique educational challenges and difficulties do they encounter as they acculturate, socialize, and integrate in their host country? What are their common struggles and coping strategies? What are the instructional practices that work for these learners in their specific contexts? What educational implications can be drawn to inform their teachers, fellow students, parents, and their educational communities in a global context? Individual chapters employ different theoretical frameworks and methodological instruments to wrestle with these questions and critical issues faced by Chinese–heritage learners.