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Title: Advances in Chinese as a Second Language: Acquisition and Processing 汉语作为第二语言发展研究:习得与处理

Ed. by: Nan Jiang

Publication Year: 2014

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 

This book is a collection of 13 empirical studies examining the acquisition and processing of Chinese as a second language. On the acquisition front, these studies explore the acquisition of structures such as the perfective marker le, wh-questions, bei- constructions, and bare nouns, and examine the factors that may affect acquisition such as learners' background, anxiety, and instruction. Processing studies cover topics such as the identification of Chinese tones, the recognition of characters, the processing of compounds and relative clauses, and the expression of motion events. Many of these studies represent pioneering and cutting-edge research on their respective topics, and all will be of interest to students and scholars who are interested in the study of acquisition and processing of Chinese as a second language.

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Title: Research in Chinese as a Second Language 

Ed. by: Kecskes, Istvan

Series: Trends in Applied Linguistics 

Publication Year: 2013

Publisher: DE GRUYTER MOUTON

The book aims to address one of the main problems of Chinese language teaching: lack of research base. The rapidly growing interest in Chinese language teaching has not resulted in the development of a strong research background. This book attempts to change the current situation. 

The volume consists of three chapters. Chapter I: Research Base for Practice contains three papers, each of which uses research findings as a basis for solving issues connected with practical language teaching. Chapter II: Integrating Culture and Language is about one of the most intriguing topics of current language-oriented research: how to integrate culture into the process of language teaching. Chapter III: Acquisition of Language Structures consists of studies that investigate the acquisition of certain grammatical structures in Chinese. There are only a few papers in the literature on this issue, so the articles in this chapter are especially important for further research.

One of the most important features of the volume is that each paper makes an attempt to bring together theory and practice by focusing on theory-building based on practice or theory application in practice. Thus the book can be recommended to both researchers and practitioners.  

URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/186423

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Title: Chinese Matters: From Grammar to First and Second Language Acquisition

Ed. by: Chris Wilder

          Tor Anders Afarli

Publication Year: 2010

Publisher: Tapir Academic Press

This book addresses topics in Chinese grammar and the acquisition of Chinese as a first and second language. The studies presented share a common framework and comparative perspective. Changing global perspectives bring new language contacts into focus, and the Chinese-Norwegian connection figures prominently among the contributions, which include investigations of Chinese-Norwegian bilingual children and Norwegian-speaking L2 learners of Chinese.

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Title: Teaching and Learning Chinese in Global Contexts

Subtitle: CFL worldwide

Ed. by: Tsung Linda

            Ken Cruickshank

Publication Year: 2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Although there is an extensive literature on the teaching of English as a Second or Other Language, there is very little published research on the teaching or learning of Chinese in similar contexts. This book is the first to bring together research into the teaching and learning of Chinese as a foreign language to non-native speakers, as a second language to minority groups and as a heritage/community language in the diaspora. The volume showcases the contribution of researchers working in such areas as language teaching and learning, policy development, language assessment, language development, bilingualism, all within the context of Chinese as a Second or Other Language. This is an exciting extension of teaching research beyond the traditional TESOL field and with be of interest to researchers and practioners working in applied linguistics and Chinese language education worldwide. "Any child currently under 15 years of age would be well advised to learn Chinese. This volume edited by Tsung and Cruickshank provides an indispensable academic analysis to the teaching and learning of the Chinese language from a series of acknowledged experts. It is a "must read" for all teachers and anyone concerned with the teaching of Chinese." - David S. G. Goodman, Professor of Chinese Politics, University of Sydney.

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Title: Grammatical Development of Chinese among Non-native Speakers

Subtitle: From a Processability Account

Written by: Wang Xiaojing

Publication Year: 2013

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 

This book marks an exciting contribution to the development and application of Processability Theory. It offers the reader an extensive overview and a critical discussion of the existing research into processability procedural skills, from Germanic to Asian and Arabic languages. It also develops a new perspective on the study of Chinese as a second language (CSL) acquisition, moving from theory to practice. The strength of this book lies not only in its innovative approach to CSL learning, but also in the potential practical applications of the approach to the development of the Chinese teaching syllabus and elicitation tasks. This research presented will benefit both learners and teachers. As a second language learner acquiring Chinese, this book will tell you how to facilitate the learning process in an easy and scientific way. As a teacher of Chinese, this book will help you to know what to teach, and how to teach it, and, importantly, will teach you how to understand learners' language processing from a practical point of view.

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