The curriculum of the full-time-intensive summer program includes a lecture component (covering such topics as the basic principles of effective Chinese and Japanese language pedagogy, classroom teaching techniques, the linguistic analysis of Chinese and Japanese, and language testing); an observation component (during which participants observe and analyze actual Chinese and Japanese language classes taught by master instructors); and a demonstration component (during which participants teach actual Chinese and Japanese class sessions, which are videotaped and later critiqued by program faculty members).
GOALS OF THE PROGRAM
- To instill an understanding of developments in language teaching (particularly Chinese and Japanese language teaching,) that view language as meaning-making activity that involves reflective performance;
- To give ample opportunities in practice teaching with abundant constructive feedback;
- To prepare participants to assume responsibility for an elementary language program at an American institution.
- Nature of language
- ‘Act’ and ‘Fact’ components of language learning
- Learned and acquired culture
- Language and culture vs. language in culture
- Analysis of Chinese and Japanese for Western students
- Teaching of the four skills
- Use of audio- and videotapes and multimedia adaptations
- Drills vs. exercises
- Teaching pronunciation
- Evaluating performance
- Achievement vs. proficiency vs. prochievement testing