Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language

Theories and Applications
2nd Edition
Edited by Michael E. Everson, Yun Xiao

Just as the demand for Chinese language programs is growing across North America, schools are facing a shortage of trained teachers and a host of challenges. How can teachers meet the needs of a complex classroom filled with both Chinese heritage learners and those completely new to Chinese? How can Chinese teachers from diverse backgrounds adapt to a North American teaching environment and expectations?

Designed for teachers of Chinese at all levels, this groundbreaking 2nd Edition has been fully updated and revised with information to help teachers create strong, sustainable K-16 Chinese language programs. This collection of essays blends an emphasis on strong theoretical training with class-tested models and examples from leaders in the Chinese language teaching field.

By taking an issues approach as well as highlighting specific techniques and principles that will guide Chinese language teachers in making appropriate decisions in their classrooms, this book is an indispensible resource for all teachers who strive for excellence in the Chinese language classroom.

  • Perfect as a course book for all teacher training environments, including pre-service and in-service, certification programs, Master’s degree programs, summer institutes, and workshops.
  • Contains just the right blend of theory and practice–includes relevant theories as well as hands-on classroom methods, examples, and innovations.
  • Addresses not only how to teach the language, but also how to create and sustain a sequenced, articulated curriculum–especially relevant as the demand for new Chinese programs continues to rise.
  • Stresses application of both national standards and Chinese language standards.