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.
|Title of host publication||Practices and Policies|
|Subtitle of host publication||Current Research in Languages and Cultures Education: Selected Proceedings of the Second National LCNAU Colloquium|
|Editors||Catherine Travis, John Hajek, Colin Nettelbeck, Elizabeth Beckmann, Anya Lloyd-Smith|
|Place of Publication||Melbourne, VIC|
|Publisher||Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities Colloquium (LCNAU 2013 2nd) - Canberra, ACT, Canberra, Australia|
Duration: 3 Jul 2013 → 5 Jul 2013
Conference number: 2013 (2nd)
|Conference||Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities Colloquium (LCNAU 2013 2nd)|
|Period||3/07/13 → 5/07/13|
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).