SOAS University of London

The 19th International Conferences on Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education - Annual International Conference of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society (BCLTS)

3 August 2022
Cui Yan at 19th International Conference

Dr Cui Yan 崔燕 – SOAS Senior Lector in Chinese gave a presentation at the 19th International Conferences on Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education - Annual International Conference of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society (BCLTS), co-organised by BCLTS and Online Confucius Institution at The Open University (24-25 June 2022), Milton Keynes, UK. The theme of this year’s conference is "Creativity in Chinese Language Teaching and Learning: Research and Practice in Challenging Times". The title of Dr Cui’s paper presented at the conference is "Practice is the Source of Creativity – Teachers’ Creativity seen from the Creation and Use of the Three Textbooks of SOAS". Below is her abstract.

Effective international education is based on the creativity of teachers at all levels, including the ability of teachers to create and design courses according to teaching needs, to develop and create teaching materials, and to use teaching materials according to the teaching objects and the teaching environment. In this paper, the author takes the specific curriculum, textbook creation and use as examples to discuss teachers’ creativity in teaching practice. The teaching materials in question are produced from the teaching practice of SOAS and used in teaching, namely Colloquial-Chinese, 《汉语口语》by Mr P.C. T’ung (佟秉正: 1938-2020)and Dr D.E.Pollard, digital materials entitled Elementary Chinese Listening 《现代汉语基础听力课程》and the creation of the new course and teaching materials entitled Styles of Modern Chinese Literary Language《中国现代文学语言风格(课本)》by Dr Cui Yan.

The discussion mainly focused on the following aspects: (1) The creativity of developing and compiling teaching materials and courses: background, design, structure, content, characteristics and language.(2) The creativity of flexible use of teaching materials. (3) The examples of learners’ acquisition of target language and feedback to the textbooks. Then the author suggests that teachers’ creativity should be reflected in the rapid development of language and society and how to use existing materials to expend teaching resources in continuous innovation. Teachers’ multi-dimensional creativity comes from teaching practice and serve the teaching.