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Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

The Way of the Learner, 1st Edition

By Jane Orton, Andrew Scrimgeour


202 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Grounded in analysis of Chinese and international educational concepts and classroom techniques currently used to teach Chinese as a Second Language, and a thorough review of recent research in the field, this volume identifies the learning challenges of the language for native English speakers. Orton and Scrimgeour assess the gap in knowledge and skills between learners’ initial and future proficiency levels as L2 Chinese speakers, map their needs as learners towards achieving a high language proficiency, and set out an informed, integrated teaching orientation and practice for the Chinese classroom that responds to those needs. Chapters in the volume address curriculum design, teaching diverse learners and levels, the learning challenges of Chinese oral and literacy skills, grammar and vocabulary, discourse development, cultural understanding, and the affordances of a visit to China. Filled with original and engaging teaching and learning tools and techniques, this book is an essential and rich content resource for primary and secondary teachers, and teacher candidates and educators in Chinese as a Second Language education.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Empowering Learning

Chapter 2 Establishing Oral Skills

Chapter 3 Developing Literacy Skills

Chapter 4 Generating Grammar and Vocabulary

Chapter 5 Adapting Curriculum

Chapter 6 Addressing Diversity

Chapter 7 Integrating Culture

Chapter 8 Widening Experience



About the Authors


Jane Orton

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Jane Orton is an Honorary Fellow and former Director of the Chinese Teacher Training Centre at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Andrew Scrimgeour is a Lecturer in Languages Education and Chinese at the University of South Australia, Australia.

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

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