1st Edition

Frontiers of L2 Chinese Language Education A Global Perspective

Edited By Yanyin Zhang, Xiaoping Gao Copyright 2022
    206 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    206 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Over the past four decades, learning Chinese as a second language has transformed from individual small-scale endeavors to organized mass studies worldwide. In a fast-changing world, the field of L2 Chinese language education is confronted by unprecedented challenges and opportunities. This book presents recent pedagogical practices, innovations and research in L2 Chinese language education across five continents.

    Bringing together a diverse range of leading researchers and educators, it showcases the latest knowledge, teaching-led research, innovative curriculum design and pedagogical practice in a variety of instructional contexts. Through a mix of overview chapters, empirical studies and critical discussions, the book addresses four key themes – formal instruction; language education technology; curriculum development; and critical overviews– and reflects the latest challenges and coping strategies for teaching and learning Chinese in an increasingly digital world.

    It will be essential reading for researchers, teachers and students of Chinese as a second language, as well as curriculum developers and textbook writers.

    Chapter 1 Teaching in action: L2 Chinese pedagogical practice and reflection

    Yanyin Zhang, Xiaoping Gao

    Chapter 2 Innovative excellence: A case study of a Chinese language flagship program

    Wayne He

    Chapter 3 From individual tones to connected speech: The case of Tone 3

    Hang Zhang

    Chapter 4 Student engagement and pedagogical innovations for the pandemic- precipitated online delivery of university Chinese courses

    Yanfeng Qu

    Chapter 5 Connecting Integrated Performance Assessment to Chinese Classroom Teaching and Learning

    Song Jiang, Jing Wu, Jia Xu, Jiaxin Tian

    Chapter 6 Oral corrective feedback on Mandarin pronunciation in live online classes

    Xiaoping Gao

    Chapter 7 From input to output: Learnability of the Chinese existential structure

    Yanyin Zhang

    Chapter 8 A proposal for a pedagogical grammar syllabus in tertiary Chinese language education in Japan

    Keika Suzuki, Kaori Nishi, Yutaka Furukawa, Satomi Nakata

    Chapter 9 Striving for educational equity in South Africa: L2 Chinese instruction under Covid-19

    Liling Yan, Aobing Zeng, Jianling Guo

    Chapter 10 Online Chinese language teaching now and post COVID-19: Challenges and opportunities from the experience and perspective of a UK teacher

    George X Zhang

    Chapter 11 Seventy years of Chinese language education in New Zealand: A transdisciplinary overview

    Danping Wang

    Chapter 12 Looking ahead: Contextualizing the future of L2 Chinese pedagogy studies

    Yanyin Zhang, Xiaoping Gao


    Yanyin Zhang (PhD, senior lecturer) works at the Australian National University. Her current research interests and publications include second language (English and Chinese) acquisition and pedagogy. She has published in a variety of prestigious international journals and edited books such as Language Learning and John Benjamins.

    Xiaoping Gao (PhD) is senior lecturer in Chinese and currently directs the languages and linguistics discipline and the Chinese language program at the University of Wollongong. She has published widely in international journals and books on Chinese as a second language research, language pedagogy, and intercultural communication.

    'This edited book is a valuable collection of articles, covering a diversity of interesting topics in the field of L2 Chinese teaching. Professionals in the field can benefit greatly from a broad range of highly original and insightful discussions offered by the authors on practical and important issues in the field.'  
    Boping Yuan, Reader in Chinese Language and Linguistics, University of Cambridge