1st Edition

Studies on Learning and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

Edited By

Xiaohong Wen


Xin Jiang

ISBN 9780815382409
Published November 20, 2018 by Routledge
248 Pages

USD $44.95

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Book Description

Studies on Learning and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language represents the current advances in the field. It showcases theoretically motivated empirical studies and diverse methods used for a better understanding of how Chinese language is acquired as a second or foreign language. This contributes to L2 acquisition research in general and L2 Chinese specifically. Furthermore, this research is useful for teachers seeking to understand their students’ learning processes and adjust their pedagogical approach for more effective instruction. The book bridges the gap between research and instruction by providing pedagogical implications rooted in empirical findings.

Table of Contents


  1. Research in Second Language Acquisition of Chinese: An introduction
  2. Xiaohong Wen

  3. Heterogeneity of Early Language Experiences and Word-knowledge Development in Chinese as a Heritage Language Learners
  4. Haomin Zhang and Keiko Koda

  5. Requests in Chinese by Heritage and Foreign Language Learners
  6. Xiaohong Wen

  7. Context and Chinese Colloquial Idiom Comprehension
  8. Yu Li

  9. L1 Influence on Coherence-building Skills in L2 Chinese Reading
  10. Liu Li

  11. Processing Relative Clauses in Chinese as a Second Language
  12. Yun Yao

  13. An Inter-Tonal Effect in Second Language Chinese Contour Tones
  14. Hang Zhang

  15. L2 Acquisition of ZaiP by Native English Speakers
  16. Yang Zhao and Tingna Liu

  17. Functional Perspective of Chinese Learners’ Language Use on Social Media
  18. Shenggao Wang

  19. Student-teacher Goal Alignment: Conceptualizing, Measuring, and Determining Its Effect on Interaction and Motivation
  20. Zhongqi Shi, Xiaodong Lin, and Ruobing Wei

  21. Measurement Quality of an Instructor-developed CFL Summative Assessment Instrument: An Exploratory Pilot Study

          Shuai Li

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Xiaohong Wen is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of Chinese Studies at the University of Houston. Her research interests include L2 motivation, L2 Chinese acquisition, and interlanguage pragmatics. Recent publications include three academic books and over thirty articles in refereed journals. She has been the principal investigator for several major federal and internal grants.

Xin Jiang is Professor at Beijing Language and Culture University. She specializes in the cognitive processing and acquisition of Chinese as a second language, focusing on the psycholinguistic factors influencing L2 Chinese lexical processing and text comprehension. She has published two academic books (Research on L2 Acquisition of Chinese Characters, Words, and Reading; The Psychological Studies of Learning and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language) and over thirty journal articles.