Chinese as a Second Language Research from Different Angles


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A crucial question for Chinese as a Second Language research is how to help elevate Chinese language teaching methodology to the level of other world language methodologies such as English, Spanish and German. This work goes in two directs. One explores how to apply research results achieved in Chinese linguistics to Chinese language teaching and the other is engaged in creating a strong applied linguistics research field that supports Chinese language teaching. CASLAR scholars are mainly involved in the latter one. This book is a representative sample of their research endeavors.

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Istvan Kecskes is a Distinguished Professor of the State University of New York, Albany. He is the president of the CASLAR Association and editor in chief of the CASLAR journal. Some of his books like Explorations in Chinese as a Second Language (Springer 2017) and Key Issues in Chinese as a Second Language (Routledge 2017) contributed significantly to research in Chinese as a Second Language.

Hang Zhang is Associate Professor of Chinese Language & Linguistics at the George Washington University, Washington D.C. She has published monographs, journal articles and book chapters on second language phonology and Chinese pedagogy, including Second Language Acquisition of Mandarin Chinese Tones: Beyond First Language Transfer (Brill, 2018).
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1 A Corpus-Based Study on Web-Based Chinese Lettered Words
Jing Wu

2 Identifying Polysyllabic Legal Terms in Audio-Visual Materials
Shaoming Wang, Shan Wang and Runzhe Zhan

3 The Recognition of Situation-Bound Utterances: Testing Receptive Pragmatic Knowledge in Chinese as a Foreign Language
Sergio Conti

4 Exploring the Pragmalinguistic Knowledge of the 是 shì … 的 de Cleft Construction in L1 Italian Learners’ L2 Chinese: Triangulation of Corpus and Experimental Data
Alessia Iurato

5 Spatial Anchoring and Narrative Structure in L2 Chinese
Arnaud Arslangul

6 L2 Learner’s Usage of Null Subject in Three Types of Chinese Complex Sentences
Lan Zhang

7 Using Differentiated Instruction to Teach the “被 Bei” Structure in a Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL) Class
Fan Yang

8 Using Machine Translation to Enhance the Learning of Chinese Resultative Complement Constructions in the CFL Classroom: An Exploration of Pre-editing and Post-editing Strategies for Accurate Translation
Xuan Yang and Caitríona Osborne

9 Pronunciation—a Neglected Topic in Textbooks of Standard Chinese?
Hana Třísková

10 Exploring Oral Proficiency Profiles of Advanced L2 Chinese Speakers: a Mixed-Methods Study
Yu Wu

11 Teaching Real-World Listening: Chinese Second/Foreign Language Teachers’ Perspectives and Practices
Lu Han, Xiang Li, Elvis Wagner

12 A Mandarin Placement Test with Formative Orientation and the Deployment of its First Version
Ping-Hsueh Chen, Rui Yan, Yuhe Tang and Mariarosaria Gianninoto

The book will be of interest for researchers and teachers of Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language and also post-graduate students whose research focuses on the Chinese language. It will also appeal to a broader audience who are interested in the unique features of Chinese.
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