Chinese Language Education in the United States

  • Jiening Ruan
  • Jie Zhang
  • Cynthia B. Leung

Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 14)

About this book


This book offers historical, philosophical, and sociocultural perspectives on Chinese language education for speakers of other languages with a special focus on Chinese language education in the United States. It provides a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary look at changes in CFL/CSL education over time in China and the U.S. and the philosophical, political, and sociocultural influences that led to these changes. The essays address a wide array of topics related to Chinese language education, including:  
A historical overview of the field
Theories that apply to CFL/CSL learning
Policies and initiatives for CFL/CSL by the Chinese and U.S. governments
Medium of instruction
Curriculum and instruction for CFL/CSL learners at K-12 and college levels
Technology for CFL/CSL education
Chinese language learning for heritage learners
CFL in study abroad contexts
CFL teacher education and training

This work is essential reading for scholars and students interested in gaining a greater understanding of Chinese language education in the two countries and around the world.


CFL education Chinese as a foreign language Chinese as a heritage language Chinese as second language Chinese language curriculum development Chinese language education Chinese language learners Chinese language learning Classroom management in cross-cultural contexts Pedagogy of Chinese as a second language Policy on Chinese as a second language Teacher preparation for Chinese as a foreign language U.S. policies and initiatives on CFL

Editors and affiliations

  • Jiening Ruan
    • 1
  • Jie Zhang
    • 2
  • Cynthia B. Leung
    • 3
  1. 1.University of OklahomaNormanUSA
  2. 2.University of OklahomaNormanUSA
  3. 3.University of South Florida, St. PeSAINT PETERSBURGUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-21307-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-21308-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2213-3208
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-3216
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