ASIANLAN 445 - Chinese Language Pedagogy
Winter 2017, Section 001
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Subject: Asian Languages (ASIANLAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Advisory Prerequisites:
ASIANLAN 402 or 4th year proficiency.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is an introduction to Chinese language pedagogy. As a methodology course, content will focus on methods and approaches, with direct application of teaching being discussed and practiced. It will improve the exposure of prospective teachers to the most up-to-date pedagogical theories and categories, including teaching approach, method, syllabus, technique, and exercise of language teaching. More importantly, it seeks to enhance students' basic and actual teaching skills needed to satisfactorily instruct students in different Chinese language courses at different levels. Class activities include discussion of assigned reading materials and class observation. Students give their own teaching demos, and presentations are a crucial part of the course content. The ultimate aim of this course is to educate and assist participants to be competitive job candidates and qualified teachers for Chinese language teaching at college and university, K-12, and private language schools.

Course Requirements:

In discussion sessions, the instructor will give a brief lecture on the assigned topic, allowing for questions and participation. Activities include discussion of assigned reading materials and class observation. Students must give two teaching presentations. Other classmates will role play as students. The way students design their teaching demos should be based on their thoughts after reading and discussion. After each teaching demo, classmates will offer critique and comments in terms of class design, the application of teaching approach, the instructor’s performance, students’ reactions, and how efficiently and effectively the class achieved its goal. Students are given a journal writing assignment after each discussion.

Intended Audience:

Students who are proficient in Chinese and interested in developing pedagogy skills for teaching the language. Potential students may be from LSA and the School of Education, as well as teachers and prospective teachers in other educational organizations of our community.

Class Format:

3 hours weekly including lectures, discussions, teaching demos, classroom observations, and guest speakers.


ASIANLAN 445 - Chinese Language Pedagogy
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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