Teaching Advanced Chinese with Authentic Materials


Teaching Advanced Chinese with Authentic Materials In the first phase of this project, materials for advanced and high-intermediate learners were created that raise awareness and practice selected features of conversational Mandarin Chinese. The materials are based on analyses of a large collection of conversational language.


Project Directors: Hongyin Tao, University of California, Los Angeles
Xiaofei Lu, The Pennsylvania State University


Teaching and Learning Materials:

Online: Working with Spoken Chinese (2007-2010)
The site was developed 2007-2010 as a site with teaching and learning materials for high-intermediate / advanced learners (ACTFL Speaking Proficiency) of Mandarin Chinese. 10 units with audio clips, exercises, activities, and many ancillary materials are available for teachers to use with their students, but also for self-study learners. The use of the units is free, but we do require that you register. Please go to the Login Page, fill in some minimal information, and a password will be sent to you promptly.
Textbook: Working with Spoken Chinese (2011)
In response to teacher feedback, we produced a hard copy that contains all of the exercises and activities of the online site in a textbook format. Most exercises have been revised and streamlined compared to the earlier version available online. The book is supplemented by a companion website that offers audio clips and ancillary materials.

Professional Development Materials:

Chinese Corpus Resource Guide [PDF (~307k)].

A Corpus Worker's Toolkit (Online): A Corpus Worker's Toolkit (ACWT) is a collection of NoteTab clips, Perl scripts and other utilities for Chinese and English text processing.(Please note this link will open in a new window)



Slideshows:

Tao, H. (2006) "Developing Teaching Materials with Authentic Data and Corpus Analysis Tools". [PPT - presented at the 3rd UC Language Consortium Conference, UCLA, April 23, 2006]



Articles:

Jing-Schmidt, Z., & Tao, H. (2009). The system of disposal in Mandarin: cognitive and discourse functional perspectives. Language and Linguistics , 10 , 29-58.

Liu, J., & Tao, H. (2009). Negotiating linguistic identities under globalization: language use in contemporary China. Harvard Asia Pacific Review, 10 , 7-10.

Song, Z., & Tao, H. (2009). A unified account of causal clause sequences in Mandarin Chinese and its implications. Studies in Language , 33 , 69-102.

Ming, T, & Tao, H. (2008). Developing a Chinese heritage language corpus: issues and a preliminary report. In A. W. He and Y. Xiao (Eds.), Chinese as a heritage language: Fostering rooted world citizenry (pp. 167-187). Honolulu: University of Hawaii, National Foreign Language Resource Center.

Tao, H. (2008). [Issues in language acquisition and the status of Chinese as an international language]. Journal of the Hunan Normal University (Special edition on teaching and research on Chinese as a foreign language), 6 (2).

Tao, H. (2008). The role of corpora in Chinese language teaching and teacher education. In P. Duff and P. Lester (Eds.), Issues in Chinese language education and teacher development (pp. 90-102). University of British Columbia, Centre for Research in Chinese Language and Literacy Education.

Tao, H. (2005). The gap between natural speech and spoken Chinese teaching material: Discourse perspectives on Chinese pedagogy. Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, 40(2),1-24.

Tao, H. (2004). "Introduction" to special issue on "Corpora, language use, and grammar." Journal of Chinese Language and Computing, 14.