Non-award language courses: Designing a Confucius Institute program for Mandarin Chinese

Zongmin Chen, Paul Black

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    Abstract

    This paper considers the differences between award and non-award courses for language study and shows how they were taken into account in the design of a non-award, Confucius Institute program for Mandarin Chinese. The obvious difference is simply whether or not the course leads to an award, but this affects the need for and nature of assessment and potentially also course content, learner motivation, and expectations about class work, homework and attendance. The Mandarin non-award course was thus developed quite differently from typical award courses, especially in its focus on spoken Chinese with little teaching of the written language. The paper ends by considering two related matters, namely issues in the sequencing of language studies and the potential for offering non-award Mandarin programs online, making them available to learners in regional and remote areas throughout Australia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPractices and Policies
    Subtitle of host publicationCurrent Research in Languages and Cultures Education: Selected Proceedings of the Second National LCNAU Colloquium
    EditorsCatherine Travis, John Hajek, Colin Nettelbeck, Elizabeth Beckmann, Anya Lloyd-Smith
    Place of PublicationMelbourne, VIC
    PublisherLanguages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU)
    Pages337-349
    Number of pages13
    Volume1
    ISBN (Print)9781921944918
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventLanguages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities Colloquium (LCNAU 2013 2nd) - Canberra, ACT, Canberra, Australia
    Duration: 3 Jul 20135 Jul 2013
    Conference number: 2013 (2nd)

    Conference

    ConferenceLanguages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities Colloquium (LCNAU 2013 2nd)
    Abbreviated titleLCNAU
    CountryAustralia
    CityCanberra
    Period3/07/135/07/13

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    Chen, Z., & Black, P. (2014). Non-award language courses: Designing a Confucius Institute program for Mandarin Chinese. In C. Travis, J. Hajek, C. Nettelbeck, E. Beckmann, & A. Lloyd-Smith (Eds.), Practices and Policies: Current Research in Languages and Cultures Education: Selected Proceedings of the Second National LCNAU Colloquium (Vol. 1, pp. 337-349). Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU).