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- Category: CASRI (ONGOING)
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The CASLAR Association has launched a research initiative (CASRI) in order to promote the development of research projects and publications on topics that are expected to significantly support Chinese language learning and teaching. CASRI aims to bring together scholars from all over the world to work together on these projects. Special efforts will be made by CASLAR to bring Chinese and non-Chinese scholars together to work on join projects. We will start CASRI with recommending to set up six research groups headed by scholars who are internationally recognized in their respective field of study. Please look at the suggested list below. The group supervisors will be responsible for accepting project proposals, initiating projects and directing projects within the group. They can invite co-directors, assistants and contributors.
The results of the CASRI research projects will be published in the form of papers and volumes in the CASLAR journal and a CASLAR book series that will be published by Routledge or Springer.
This is how the CASRI project is suggested to work.
There are two ways to initiate projects:
1) The research group supervisors can initiate a project with a short abstract in which they give some details about the focus of the project, its goals and methodology. They post this project description on the CASLAR website and invite participants and ask for further input. Scholars from all over the world can notify the supervisors through email about their interest in participation and give further input about the project. Then the supervisors will form a research group and make suggestions concerning who does what. When the project is finalized it will be posted on the website with a list of participants. Supervisors can initiate more than one project.
2) Scholars from all over the world can initiate projects. First they should fill in the CASRI Form (please click HERE for the form) that is attached below and will also be available on the CASLAR website, and email it to the selected group’s supervisors. Based on the form details the supervisors will decide in consultation with the initiating scholar(s) if the project is worth pursuing. If they decide to go ahead with the project they will advise the initiator on how to prepare the proposal. When the proposal is accepted it will be posted on the CASLAR website with an invitation for participants to join and give further input to the project. When the project is finalized it will be posted on the website with a list of participants.
CASRI Research Groups
1) Prosody and tone (Click HERE for updates)
2) Formulaic language, idioms, situation-bound utterances (Call for proposals)
3) Acquisition and use of modality
4) Innovative pedagogical approaches
5) Vocabulary, speech acts and discourse
6) Neural mechanism of cognitive/psychological process in the Chinese language as related to language acquisition
Supervisor: Xiaolu Wang (Zhejiang University, Hangzhou)
For updates, please click on 'Projects 研究项目' on the homepage, under which you will see 'CASRI'.
- Category: Books专(编)著
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Grounded in analysis of Chinese and international educational concepts and classroom techniques currently used to teach Chinese as a Second Language, and a thorough review of recent research in the field, this volume identifies the learning challenges of the language for native English speakers. Orton and Scrimgeour assess the gap in knowledge and skills between learners’ initial and future proficiency levels as L2 Chinese speakers, map their needs as learners towards achieving a high language proficiency, and set out an informed, integrated teaching orientation and practice for the Chinese classroom that responds to those needs. Chapters in the volume address curriculum design, teaching diverse learners and levels, the learning challenges of Chinese oral and literacy skills, grammar and vocabulary, discourse development, cultural understanding, and the affordances of a visit to China. Filled with original and engaging teaching and learning tools and techniques, this book is an essential and rich content resource for primary and secondary teachers, and teacher candidates and educators in Chinese as a Second Language education.
About the Authors:
Jane Orton is an Honorary Fellow and former Director of the Chinese Teacher Training Centre at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Andrew Scrimgeour is a Lecturer in Languages Education and Chinese at the University of South Australia, Australia.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 Empowering Learning
Chapter 2 Establishing Oral Skills
Chapter 3 Developing Literacy Skills
Chapter 4 Generating Grammar and Vocabulary
Chapter 5 Adapting Curriculum
Chapter 6 Addressing Diversity
Chapter 7 Integrating Culture
Chapter 8 Widening Experience
For more information, click HERE
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The book co-edited by Istvan Kecskes (SUNY) and Chaofen Sun (Standford) was published by Routledge in 2017.
Title: Key Issues in Chinese as a Second Language Research
Editors: Istvan Kecskes (SUNY) and Chaofen Sun (Stanford)
Table of Contents
Part I. SLA Theories as Related to Chinese
Chapter 1 The Theoretical Landscape of Second Language Acquisition
ZhaoHong Han (Columbia University, USA)
Part II. Chinese Phonology
Chapter 2 De-stress in Mandarin: Clitics, Cliticoids and Phonetic Chunks
Hana Třísková (Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague)
Chapter 3 The Effects of Tonal Markedness in Second Language Chinese Tones
Hang Zhang (George Washington University, USA)
Chapter 4 From Phonological Studies to Teaching Mandarin Tone: Some Perspectives on the Revision of the Tonal
Carlotta Sparvoli (University College Cork, Ireland)
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Book Title: Explorations into Chinese as a Second Language
Editors: Kecskes, Istvan (Ed.)
Series Title: Educational Linguistics
Series Volume: 31
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-54027-6
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-54026-9
About this book:
This volume explores how linguistic research can support the teaching and learning of Chinese as a second language. It responds to a rapidly growing interest in the Chinese language all over the world, and answers the need for a strong research background for the discipline. Without that, Chinese language learning remains only a unique experience and/or a useful education challenge.
The first section explores crucial issues about the structure and use of Chinese as a Second Language such as word-order, noun-noun compounds, meaning-making in writing, pronunciation and stress and tone. The second section explores the learning of Chinese by seeking answer to questions about difficulties, expectations, beliefs, use of corpus and learning how to express necessity.
- Category: CASLAR Journal学会期刊
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GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE CASLAR JOURNAL!
According to the publisher’s data the number of downloads of articles has increased with 41% (!!) in 2016. The availability of the journal has also risen. Worldcat.org data show that the journal is available in almost 300 libraries in the world. That is more than a 100% increase to 2015. Please continue supporting the journal.
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Please submit your research paper to the CASLAR journal http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/caslar
Your paper can be written either in Chinese or in English.
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- Category: About Us关于我们
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Welcome to the official website of CASLAR Association!
We would like to extend our sincerest greeting to our CASLAR Association members, researchers, and teachers.
In 2010 the CASLAR (Chinese as a Second Language Research) project was launched by Professor Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York at Albany, US) with the goal to establish an independent research organization with its biannual conference, journal and international association and to transform a field from a primarily experience-and practice based discipline into a field based on and supported by research and theory. CASLAR attempts to bring together scholars from all over the world whose research focuses on the acquisition, development and use of Chinese as a second language, to survey available knowledge in the field, exchange ideas and initiate research projects. The first CASLAR conference was held at Zhejiang University, China 2010, the second one was at National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei in 2012, and the third one was at the University of Parma, Italy in 2014. At the conference in Parma CASLAR was transformed into CASLAR Association by the participants. The fourth CASLAR conference was held in East China Normal University in Shanghai in August 19-21.
Founding Members of the Association:
President: Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York, Albany)
Executive Secretary: Carlotta Sparvoli (University of Parma, Italy)
President’s Advisory Board
Jane Orton, University of Melbourne, Melbourne
Shih-Chang Hsin, National Taiwan Normal University
Lizhen Peng, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou
Executive Board Members:
Shen Jiaxuan, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Wu Weiping, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Alain Peyraube, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, Paris, France)
Jane Medwell, University of Nottingham
Xiaolu Wang, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou
ZhaoHong Han, Columbia University
Jianqin Wang, Professor, Beijing Language University
Jianming Lu, Peking University
Hongyin Tao, University of California, Los Angeles
Helen Shen, University of Iowa
The President’s Advisory Board members and the Executive Secretary are also members of the Executive Board.