SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Chinese Language Learning and Teaching

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2019/2020
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate the following abilities:

  • an ability to understand key issues in Chinese language pedagogy and critically analyse Chinese teaching methodologies, practices and materials
  • an ability to carry out independent research into Chinese teaching methodologies, practices and materials
  • an ability to apply academic analysis of Chinese language pedagogy directly onto the practice of teaching Chinese in the language classroom
  • an ability to teach Chinese in different approaches, e.g. communication-based, grammar-translation approach, and discuss and reflect on such teaching experiences


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week consisting of a 2 hour lecture and a 2 hour seminar.

Scope and syllabus

The module will provide the language-specific pedagogy component to the Chinese pathway of the MA in Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy. Since both general pedagogical issues and topics in Chinese linguistics are dealt with elsewhere in the program (in the “Language Pedagogy” and “Topics in the structure of Chinese” modules respectively), this course will focus specifically on teaching and learning issues in the Chinese language classroom. Particular importance will be placed, on the one hand, on areas of the Chinese language that pose particular problems to language learners and, on the other hand, on areas where Chinese language pedagogical practices require further development in order to address the needs of learners.

Week-by-week plan (Lectures)

Term 1
  1. Applied Chinese phonology and Pinyin teaching
  2. Transcription system & Character simplification
  3. Script teaching: theory and practice
  4. Topic discussion: Semantics & vocabulary teaching
  5. Sociolinguistics and Chinese teaching
  6. Reading week
  7. General review: Issues on Teaching Chinese as foreign Language
  8. Listening: teaching & assessment
  9. Speaking: teaching & assessment
  10. Reading: teaching & assessment
  11. Writing: teaching & assessment
Term 2
  1. Curriculum design & Lesson plan
  2. Textbook review and analysis
  3. Inter- language theory and error analysis
  4. Classroom management & activities: good practice
  5. Chinese teaching and CAI & internet
  6. Reading week
  7. Research topic discussion: Syntax (1)
  8. Research topic discussion: Syntax (2)
  9. Teaching culture
  10. Learner autonomy
  11. Reflective teaching

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); one essay of 2,000 words to be submitted on Friday, week 1, term 2 (10%); one essay of 2,000 words to be submitted on Friday, week 1, term 3 (10%); teaching practice made up of (a) small assignments on each main topic covered, (b) 20 hours class observation and discussion, (c) 8-10 hours teaching assistant practice, (d) teaching practice, including teaching material development;  teaching plan design, teaching delivery and teaching reflection (30%).


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