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Exploring Innovative Pedagogy in the Teaching and Learning of Chinese as a Foreign Language

  • Robyn Moloney
  • Hui Ling Xu
  • Provides the first collection of urgently needed innovative pedagogies for the Chinese language teacher community, for use in many international teaching contexts

  • The first book to offer studies on Chinese language teaching and learning with an explicit focus on the three crucial areas: learners, teachers and technologies

  • Features research-based classroom studies of interest and practical value to practitioners, researchers, and teacher educators

  • Positions the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language within the broader context of contemporary theoretical changes in education and language pedagogy by considering intercultural language learning and the use of technologies in language learning


Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x

About this book


Teachers of Chinese as a foreign language in many international contexts are searching for pedagogic solutions to promote effective learning. Models of innovative and successful approaches are urgently needed. This volume presents a collection of compelling and empirically rich research studies that showcases innovative developments in the practice of teaching Chinese as a foreign language. The studies focus on three interrelated areas: learners, teachers, and applications of new technologies. Specifically, the studies explore methods for fostering learner-centred classrooms, autonomous learners, intercultural learning, the role of teacher views and identities, the nature of a ‘middle ground’ approach, and technologies that accommodate the unique aspects of the Chinese language, with new options for mobile and interactive learners. Providing both inspiration and practical models for language practitioners and researchers, it offers a vital resource for teachers’ professional development, and for pre-service teacher education.


CFL pedagogy Chinese Language and culture Chinese as a foreign language Chinese language and linguistics Constructivist education Content and language integrated learning in Chinese Effective Chinese language education Foreign language learning and teaching Immersion Chinese language program Innovative language pedagogy Intercultural competence Intercultural language learning Language policy in Australia Learner autonomy New Technologies in Chinese language learning Pedagogy for Chinese as a foreign language Reflective practitioner teachers in CFL Sociocultural learning in acquiring Chinese language Teaching Chinese in overseas contexts The role of teacher knowledge in Chinese as a foreign language

Editors and affiliations

  • Robyn Moloney
    • 1
  • Hui Ling Xu
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Human Sciences, School of EducationMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Arts, Department of International StudiesMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

About the editors

Robyn Moloney is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Macquarie University. She teaches Languages Methodology to pre-service language teachers, and supervises doctoral projects in language issues. Her research interests focus on language teacher development, intercultural learning, heritage language learners, and Chinese language education in Australia. She has many years’ previous experience as a secondary school teacher of various languages.

Dr Hui Ling Xu is a Senior Lecturer of Chinese Studies in the Department of International Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney. She has extensive tertiary foreign language teaching experience and broad research interests including descriptive linguistics, second language acquisition, teaching Chinese as a foreign language, Chinese heritage language education, and the use of innovative education technology.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Exploring Innovative Pedagogy in the Teaching and Learning of Chinese as a Foreign Language
  • Editors Robyn Moloney
    Hui Ling Xu
  • Series Title Multilingual Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Multilingual Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-287-771-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-1307-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-287-772-7
  • Series ISSN 2213-3208
  • Series E-ISSN 2213-3216
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 271
  • Number of Illustrations 23 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Teaching and Teacher Education
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