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:

Textbook: Working with Spoken Chinese (2011)
This textbook contains exercises and activities focusing on teaching advanced level features of the language with authentic materials. The book is supplemented by a companion website that offers audio clips and ancillary materials.
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 were developed for teachers to use with their students, but also for self-study learners. The materials are now available as a text book with online exercise. See 'Working with Spoken Chinese" above.

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.


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]


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.