1st Edition

A Transdisciplinary Approach to Chinese and Japanese Language Teaching Collaborative Pedagogy Across Languages, Disciplines, Communities, and Borders

Edited By Nobuko Chikamatsu, Li Jin Copyright 2023
    240 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    A Transdisciplinary Approach to Chinese and Japanese Language Teaching illustrates how the transdisciplinary approach to second language acquisition (SLA) centers around collaboration to provide a learning-conducive environment with rich semiotic resources for second/foreign language learners.

    The volume consists of 14 chapters from leading experts in SLA and Chinese and Japanese language educators from Canada, China, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. As a first work of its kind, the contributions feature both theoretical interpretations of transdisciplinary concepts that can apply to Chinese/Japanese as a second language learning and case studies showcasing how college-level Chinese and Japanese language educators design and implement pedagogical projects in collaboration with partners across languages, disciplines, communities, and borders by adopting a transdisciplinary perspective to analyze students’ learning outcomes.

    This book will benefit researchers, administrators, educators, and teacher educators in higher education with an interest in world language education and interdisciplinary and project-based teaching.


    List of Figures

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    About the Contributors


    Ch1 Introduction: Collaborative Chinese and Japanese Language Teaching from a Transdisciplinary Perspective, Li Jin & Nobuko Chikamatsu

    Section 1: Theoretical Foundations and Empirical Evidence for A Transdisciplinary Approach to Chinese/Japanese Language Teaching

    Ch2 Teaching and Learning of East Asian Languages in the Era of "Trans-", Junko Mori

    Ch3 Translanuaging and Co-learning at the Interface of Language and Culture, Li Wei

    Section 2: Across Disciplines: Language and Non-language Faculty Collaboration

    Ch4 Translanguaging with Food and Ethics: Translating Languages, Enhancing Agencies, and Expanding Horizons, Yuki Miyamoto & Nobuko Chikamatsu

    Ch5 Teaching Chinese through Classic Literature: A Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration, Jinai Sun & Stuart Patterson

    Ch6 Promoting Translingual and Transcultural Literacies in a Collaborative Content-based Japanese Classroom: Audiovisual Translation as Pedagogy, Saori Hoshi & Ayaka Yoshimizu

    Ch7 Wellbeing and Chinese Language Study: A Case of Cross-disciplinary Teaching, Chieh Li, Ann Cai & Dongying Liu

    Section 3: Across Communities: Language and Community Partner Collaboration

    Ch8 Negotiating C2 Expectation and Third-Space Personae in Transdisciplinary L2 Learning: Collaboration with Chinese Professionals in Advanced Chinese Language Curricula, Xin Zhang

    Ch9 Internships at Japanese Orphanages: A Case Study of a First-year Japanese Language Student’s Growth, Nobuko Koyama

    Section 4: Across Languages: Chinese-Japanese and Multi-language Collaboration

    Ch10 An Experiment of Cross-language and Cross-disciplinary Collaboration: Integrating Xu Bing’s Text-based Arts into Chinese and Japanese Classrooms, Noriko Sugimori & Leihua Weng

    Ch11 Cross-Language and Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations in a Mandarin CLAC Course, Yan Liu

    Section 5: Across Borders: International Collaboration

    Ch12 The United States–Japan Online Magazine Project: International Telecollaborations as Translanguaging Spaces, Yuri Kumagai & Momoyo Shimazu

    Ch13 Transcending Borders and Limitations with Digitally Enhanced Pedagogy: Language Learning-focused COIL (LLC) for Japanese Learners and Prospective Teachers, Keiko Ikeda & Nobuko Chikamatsu

    Ch14 Coda, Nobuko Chikamatsu & Li Jin



    Nobuko Chikamatsu is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Co-director of the Japanese Language and Studies Program at DePaul University, USA. She teaches Japanese language, linguistics, and translation. Her research interests include second language acquisition, Japanese pedagogy, translation, and Japanese-American history and literature.

    Li Jin is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Director of the Chinese Studies Program and Global Asian Studies Program at DePaul University, USA. Her research interests include sociocultural theory and ecology of SLA, computer-assisted language teaching and learning, faculty perceptions of online language teaching, and Chinese pragmatic learning.