CHIN 252
Bridging Theory and Practice: Learning and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
Last Offered Fall 2017
Division I
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This course introduces students to the principles of second language acquisition (SLA), a field of study that investigates how people learn a foreign language and provides a basis for understanding research related to foreign language learning and teaching. Theoretical issues to be covered include what it means to know a language, how one becomes proficient in a foreign language, factors that affect the learning process, and the role of one’s native language. We will also examine what SLA research has discovered about teaching grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and writing. The goal is to explore ways in which SLA theories can be applied to facilitate acquisition of Chinese in terms of learning strategies and curriculum design. This course will be useful to both students who want to improve their own learning of Chinese and those who plan to teach or conduct research on Chinese. All readings in English with some examples in Chinese.
The Class: Format: lecture; discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 12
Class#: 1164
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, several oral presentations and short papers, and a final research project
Prerequisites: CHIN 101 or permission of instructor
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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