The Acquisition of Chinese as a First and Second Language
Xiaohong Wen (Ed.)
ISBN 978-3-03943-270-7 (Hbk); ISBN 978-3-03943-271-4 (PDF)
Pages: 174
Published: November 2020

The Acquisition of Chinese as a First and Second Language, edited by Professor Xiaohong Wen at the University of Houston, has been published as an e-book. Here is the link:

Interested colleagues can easily download it in a PDF version. The book is a reprint of the special issue of the journal, Languages. Through highly selective and rigorous review processes, the volume collects eight empirical studies showcasing research advances in multiple domains. The studies are theoretically motivated and have adopted a wide spectrum of methodological strategies to achieve a broader understanding of the nature of the learning task and the nature of Chinese language acquisition. The volume is also intended to bridge the gap between research and instruction by helping teachers to understand their students’ learning processes. Informed by research, teachers are able to opt for appropriate pedagogical approaches and instructional conditions for their students.



The Global Chinese Education Development Initiative

On October 24th Istvan Kecskes, President of the CASLAR Association signed the Global Chinese Education Development Initiative proposed by ISCLT (International Society of Chinese Language Teaching) at a virtual meeting on October 17th, 2020. The CASLAR Association was one of the 16 invited international organizations on Chinese as a Foreign and/or Second Language that were invited to the meeting. The Global Chinese Education Development Initiative aims to create conditions for bilateral and multilateral cooperation between international Chinese education institutions, sharing resources, and providing more professional and direct help to Chinese learners all over the world. The CASLAR Association strongly supports these endeavors.