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Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language to Beginners in an Australian University Context


Wang, Y, Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language to Beginners in an Australian University Context, The Internet Journal of Language, Culture and Society, (35) pp. 68-75. ISSN 1327-774X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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In Australia, Chinese is recognized as one of the fastest growing languages and has one of the largest groups of non-English background speakers. A considerable number of universities, colleges and schools with different backgrounds and settings are strengthening or establishing their own Chinese language programs. However, students in different programs generally exhibit collective differences in learning objectives, motivation levels, academic abilities, learning styles, committed studying time frames and expectations of learning outcomes. How to create a better language environment to facilitate students' development of all four-macro skills in their Chinese study? What are the optimum and practical ways of adopting teaching to cater to the needs of different students' bodies? This article begins with a description of the current trends, Issues and challenges of Chinese language education in the multicultural society of Australia; the second part of the article is a briefoverview of teaching policies in Australia and the development of Chinese language learning; the third part of the article deals with the findings of a case study and an action research study; and the article concludes with some concrete suggestions for the design and implementation of teaching methods that facilitate effective Chinese teaching and learning.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:multicultural, language environment, teaching and learning
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Language studies
Research Field:Chinese languages
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Languages and linguistics
UTAS Author:Wang, Y (Dr Isabel Wang)
ID Code:82994
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Asian Languages and Studies
Deposited On:2013-02-26
Last Modified:2017-11-20

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