1st Edition

Teaching Chinese as a Second Language The Way of the Learner

By Jane Orton, Andrew Scrimgeour Copyright 2019
    208 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Chapter 1: Language Learning in School Curriculum

    Chapter 2: Teaching and Learning Culture

    Chapter 3: Development in Oral Language

    Chapter 4: Literacy Development

    Chapter 5: Chinese Grammar and Vocabulary

    Chapter 6: Discourse Development

    Chapter 7: Use of ICT

    Chapter 8: Curriculum Design

    Chapter 9: Activity Based Learning

    Chapter 10: Conclusion


    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.