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Teaching and Researching Chinese Second Language Listening


Wei Cai

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ISBN 9780367181895
May 3, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Teaching and Researching Chinese Second Language Listening focuses on Chinese L2 listening with theory and pedagogy at its heart. The objectives of the book are to recount the development of Chinese L2 listening pedagogy, to synthesize research on Chinese L2 listening, and to propose a Chinese L2 listening approach.

The book is the first book that bridges the gap between Chinese L2 and general L2 listening and develop a much-needed systematic teaching approach to Chinese listening based on research findings in L2 listening, the unique features of the Chinese language, and the distinctive characteristics of the Chinese L2 learner population. This book grounds Chinese L2 teaching in solid theories L2 acquisition and teaching. The research-informed and evidence-based Chinese L2 teaching approach proposed in the book seeks to move beyond the traditional product-oriented approach to integrate form-, meaning-, process- and learner-focused listening. This book also discusses Chinese L2 listening from learners’ perspectives: heritage versus non-heritage learners and motivation. These are presented together with theory and teaching practice.

The book is aimed at in-service teachers and students taking upper-level undergraduate courses and post-graduate courses for programs in Chinese applied linguistics and teaching Chinese as a second language (TCSL).

Chinese listening studies to date have mostly been published in the Chinese language, which severely limits their readership. This book is therefore written in English to fill the gap in current scholarship. Due to the large number of Chinese learners and the consequential booming programs in TCSL and CIE, it is important to dedicate a book specifically to Chinese listening.

Table of Contents



List of Tables

List of Figures


Part I Listening in the general L2 context

Chapter 1 Listening theories

Chapter 2 Core issues in L2 listening

Part II Listening in the Chinese L2 context

Chapter 3 Unique features of the Chinese language

Chapter 4 Research methods in Chinese L2 listening

Chapter 5 Development and status of Chinese L2 listening instruction

Part III Teaching Chinese L2 listening

Chapter 6 A Chinese L2 listening teaching sequence

Chapter 7 Techniques and activities for teaching Chinese L2 listening

Chapter 8 Chinese L2 listening teaching from learners’ perspectives




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Wei Cai is an Associate Professor in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures, University of Calgary, Canada.