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Cross-Cultural Communication in Next Generation Language Learning: A Case Study of Chinese as a Foreign Language
Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Chinese. (KIG)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6227-1557
2011 (English)In: Proceedings of the Young Scholar Award Competition for the International Conference on Chinese Language Learning and Teaching in the Digital Age, Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Institute of Education , 2011, , 19 p.1-16 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Along with the growth of globalization, the importance of developing student’s competence of cross-cultural communication have been emphasized constantly in foreign language education. When a teacher, who is a native Chinese speaker, teaches Chinese as a foreign language to foreign students, the whole process is thus not just “teaching a foreign language”, but also a “cross-culture communication”. In China, the concept of cross-culture communication did not draw much attention in teaching Chinese as foreign language until the 1980s, when a controversial and still ongoing debate started. Despite there are already some generally accepted conclusions that cross-cultural communication approach should be emphasized and implemented in teaching Chinese as foreign language, Chinese is still mostly taught to foreigners in the traditional way owing to the lack of empirical work, resources and supports. Therefore, there is an urgent need for research of implementing the cross-cultural communication approach in both teaching and learning Chinese as a foreign language.

Chinese as a foreign language is now available in both traditional and distance modes. In the last few years, global demand for learning Chinese as a foreign language has been dramatically increasing. And since the traditional mode of education cannot satisfy specific needs of some students, a new generation of distance education, supported by the fast maturing videoconferencing software and the web-based learning in general, generates new alternatives and possibilities for both teaching and learning Chinese as a foreign language. However, this development also constitutes specific challenges for both teachers and students.

With respond to the challenges, a trial of an action research was designed to investigate scope of possibilities (and their limitations) in implementing cross-cultural communication approach into web-based courses of Chinese as a foreign language. The research brought together two areas of current research on teaching foreign languages: (1) the cross-cultural communication perspective and (2) the distance/internet-based education. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Institute of Education , 2011. , 19 p.1-16 p.
Keyword [en]
Chinese as foreign language education, cross-cultural communication, culture, distance education, language, net-based learning, videoconferencing
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics Cultural Studies Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-13273OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-13273DiVA: diva2:664738
Conference
The International Conference on Chinese Language Learning and Teaching in the Digital Age, Hong Kong, 25-27 November 2011
Available from: 2013-11-16 Created: 2013-11-15 Last updated: 2017-03-15Bibliographically approved

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