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Non-award language courses: Designing a Confucius Institute program for Mandarin Chinese

Chen, Zongmin and Black, Paul (2014). Non-award language courses: Designing a Confucius Institute program for Mandarin Chinese<br />. In: Second National LCNAU Colloquium, Canberra, 3-5 July 2013.

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IRMA ID 84279116xPUB263
Author Chen, Zongmin
Black, Paul
Title Non-award language courses: Designing a Confucius Institute program for Mandarin Chinese
Conference Name Second National LCNAU Colloquium
Conference Location Canberra
Conference Dates 3-5 July 2013
Convener Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU)
Conference Publication Title Practices and Policies: Current Research in Languages and Cultures Education: Selected Proceedings of the Second National LCNAU Colloquium
Place of Publication Melbourne
Publisher Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU)
Publication Year 2014
ISBN 9781921944918   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 337
End Page 350
Total Pages 14
Field of Research 130207 - LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Māori)
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DIISR)
Abstract This paper considers the differences between award and non-award courses for language study and shows how they were taken into account in the design of a non-award, Confucius Institute program for Mandarin Chinese. The obvious difference is simply whether or not the course leads to an award, but this affects the need for and nature of assessment and potentially also course content, learner motivation, and expectations about class work, homework and attendance. The Mandarin non-award course was thus developed quite differently from typical award courses, especially in its focus on spoken Chinese with little teaching of the written language. The paper ends by considering two related matters, namely issues in the sequencing of language studies and the potential for offering non-award Mandarin programs online, making them available to learners in regional and remote areas throughout Australia.
Keyword Languages education
Non-award course
Mandarin Chinese
Confucius Institute
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