Mandarin Chinese Teacher Education
Issues and Solutions

Paper: 978 1 78277 223 1 / $36.95
Published: April 2018  

Publisher: UCL IOE Press
220 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/5"
color figures & graphs
Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. In a rapidly globalizing environment, speaking it is an increasingly important skill for young people in the UK.

Mandarin Chinese Teacher Education stems from the work of the UCL Institute of Education Confucius Institute, which supports the development of Mandarin Chinese as a language on offer in schools as part of the mainstream curriculum. This edited collection brings together researchers, teachers involved in action research and student-teachers, in an effort to address the current lack of literature specifically aimed at supporting Chinese language teachers. It features:

- practical ideas for teachers of Chinese to implement in their own classrooms
- evaluation of differing strategies and approaches unique to teaching Chinese
- examples of using action research to help teachers reflect on their own practice while informing practice across the discipline

The book will be useful for PGCE Mandarin students, teacher trainers and those involved in the development of Mandarin Chinese in schools across the UK and further afield.

Table of Contents:
1. How to encourage students to use more target language (TL) in the Mandarin classroom – a study of mixed ability groups?, by Haishan Pan
2. How Chinese characters are taught in UK schools: A survey of twelve teachers, by Emily Preston
3. Teaching Mandarin characters to foreign language learners in secondary schools in England: A case study of two Mandarin lessons in a private school and a state school, by Xu Qian
4. Literature in Chinese language teaching and learning supported by the use of the Internet and digital resources by Fotini Diamantidaki
5. Chinese teachers as researchers: Using research as a tool to improve practice, by Lin Pan, Robert Neal, Paul Tyskerud and Katharine Carruthers
6. Investigating the intelligibility of Anglophone young beginner learners of Mandarin Chinese, by Robert Neal
7. An investigation into the most effective strategies for beginner Anglophone learners to read and write Chinese characters, by Paul Tyskerud
8. 'Checks and balances': Using proofreading skills as an effective method to improve written Mandarin Chinese by Victoria Allen
Appendix: An investigation of Hanban teachers' professional identity construction in British schools by Yi Xiang

Reviews & Endorsements:
"This timely publication offers real practical solutions to the challenges of teaching Chinese in schools. Its rich examples will be invaluable to teachers and teacher trainers."
- Li Wei, Chair of Applied Linguistics, UCL Institute of Education
"This is a much-needed work, as it puts the spotlight firmly on the teaching of Chinese in the school context. All colleagues involved in this area will find it a fascinating, informative read with the potential to promote the subject more widely and to enhance practice in meaningful ways."
- Colin Christie, PGCE Languages subject leader, UCL Institute of Education