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1st Edition

Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning of Chinese as a Foreign Language

ISBN 9781138188600
Published October 3, 2018 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning of Chinese as a Foreign Language provides new and experienced teachers of Chinese with a timely review and evaluation of the use of technology in the language classroom.

The book draws from second language acquisition theories and empirical studies to demonstrate the use of technologies in facilitating language learning. With a strong practical and pedagogical focus, this is an ideal resource for current and prospective teachers of Chinese as a Foreign Language.

Key features include:

  • Demonstration and analysis of technologies in use
  • Principles and methods to evaluate instructional technologies
  • Summary tables presenting the key functions of each technology tool

Online resources include up-to-date information on new technologies and tools to address the ever-changing nature of the topic.

Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures

How to Use This Book

Chapter 1. The Drives: What is behind Our Decisions Regarding Instructional Technology?

Chapter 2. The Filters: Standards, Principles, and Considerations for Selecting and Using Instructional Technology

Chapter 3. Language Learning Process and Points of Enhancement using Technology

Chapter 4. Using Technology to Promote Oral Proficiency

Chapter 5. Using Technology to Promote Literacy

Chapter 6. Learner-Centered Instruction, Digital Storytelling and Flipped Learning

Chapter 7. More Tools, Teacher Resources, and Peace of Mind

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Amber Navarre is Senior Lecturer and former Head of the Chinese Program at Boston University. She specializes in second language acquisition, computer-assisted language learning, and curriculum design. She has won the Gitner Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology and the international Blackboard Exemplary Course Award. In 2018, she won the ACTFL/CENGAGE Learning Faculty Development Programs Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Instruction Using Technology with IALLT (Postsecondary).


This is the book the Chinese teaching community has been waiting for - informative for veteran and novice language teachers as well as teacher trainers. Rather than focusing on specific technology tools, it provides examples of approaches and techniques, a "how to" integrate all types of instructional technologies into Chinese programs at all proficiency levels. Dr. Navarre clearly explains current language acquisition theories and illustrates how technology can help students learn new linguistic concepts. As they consider their own Chinese program goals and institutional technology infrastructures, teachers and curriculum designers will find various models they can tailor to their needs.

Gisela Hoecherl-Alden, Director of Language Instruction, Boston University, USA.

Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning of Chinese as a Foreign Language was written with foreign language teachers and learners in mind. It did an excellent job in sorting out the myriad of rapid-changing technology to serve student learning. It carefully walked readers through principles of choosing the right technology, available tools to practice all aspects of language skills, and classroom applications of such tools. The book is thorough, thoughtful, and practical in its treatment of the topic. It is a valuable reference book for those who wish to use technology to better meet students’ learning needs. 

Jie Zhang, University of Oklahoma, USA.