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Training Teachers of Chinese in Australia
Theoretical Foundations and Practical Applications

ISBN 9781032008219
Published October 29, 2021 by Routledge
216 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Chinese language, the first language spoken and used by the largest population in the world, has witnessed a significant global increase. Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) has thus received unprecedented attention, and teaching and learning of CSL have transcended the national boundary. This book reports a case study of training teachers of CSL in Australia with a significant implication to the western English-speaking countries such as Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.

The book is unique in several ways. On a theoretical level, the book analyses knowledge-based and competence-based teacher education, provides an in-depth examination of post-method pedagogy and deconstructs traditional aspects of second language teacher education, making a case for the new concept of "three dimensions". On a practical level, the Australian-based case study employs qualitative methods to gather the feedback from teacher educators, teacher trainees and students who are undergoing CSL training, and further reports on studies on CSL teaching practicum in local schools and abroad.

Training Teachers of Chinese in Australia is a book for established scholars, researchers, educators, and research higher degree students who are interested in teacher education, second and foreign language education and Chinese as a second language (CSL).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. A Pedagogical Problem 2. Teaching of Chinese to Speakers of Other Language in a Global Context 3. Teaching of Chinese as a Second Language in Australia 4. Development of Second Language Teacher Education in the West 5. Theoretic Foundations for Training Teachers of Chinese in Australia 6. Curriculum Design for Training Teachers of Chinese in Universities 7. Implementation and Evaluation of Training Programmes in Universities 8. Professional Development for Teachers of Chinese in Schools 9. Conclusion: Training Teachers of Chinese at Crossroads

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Shen Chen is a multilingual Teacher Educator in School of Education at University of Newcastle, Australia. He is one of the pioneers of training teachers of Chinese in Australia and a well-known scholar with an international reputation in language education. His contribution has been in the teaching and research of culture in language education and second language teacher education. His publication record includes 10 books and numerous journal articles and conference papers.


"This book is the culmination of decades of experience and expertise of an accomplished scholar  in education with international reputation, a dedicated teacher of Chinese language and culture to native speakers of English, and a talented professional trainer of Chinese language teachers in Australia and other countries."

Ping Chen, Professor and Chair in Chinese Studies, The University of Queensland

"This splendid book is the first seriously to identify and research issues relevant to second-language teachers of Chinese. In my opinion, there are very few people with more experience and understanding of second-language teaching of Chinese than Professor Chen Shen."

Colin Mackerras, Professor Emeritus, Griffith University