Localising Chinese

Educating Teachers through Service-Learning

  • Michael Singh
  • Thị Hồng Nhung Nguyễn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Michael Singh, Thị Hồng Nhung Nguyễn
    Pages 1-27
  3. Michael Singh, Thị Hồng Nhung Nguyễn
    Pages 29-62
  4. Michael Singh, Thị Hồng Nhung Nguyễn
    Pages 63-86
  5. Michael Singh, Thị Hồng Nhung Nguyễn
    Pages 87-114
  6. Michael Singh, Thị Hồng Nhung Nguyễn
    Pages 115-144
  7. Michael Singh, Thị Hồng Nhung Nguyễn
    Pages 145-175
  8. Michael Singh, Thị Hồng Nhung Nguyễn
    Pages 177-196
  9. Michael Singh, Thị Hồng Nhung Nguyễn
    Pages 197-209
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 211-235

About this book


This book presents innovative strategies for teaching the Chinese language to English-speaking students around the world, using in-depth research arising from a long-running and successful Chinese language teaching programme in Sydney. Throughout the book its authors emphasise the importance of teaching methods which explore the relevance of Chinese to all aspects of students’ everyday lives; ‘Localising Chinese’ by folding it into students’ everyday sociolinguistic activities performed in English. The research presented here demonstrates how, through school-driven, research-oriented service-learning, university graduates from China learnt to use student-centred learning-focused language education as a basis for professional learning. In the context of China’s growing influence in the global academic community, this book addresses the urgent need to promote effective communication and partnerships. It provides a valuable resource for language teachers and teacher educators, as well as education researchers in the areas of international education, linguistics, the sociology of education and knowledge exchange.


Service-Learning translanguaging Chinese language teaching international education knowledge exchange multilingual education language transfer learner-centered education Chinese language education teaching Chinese pedagogical frameworks Global China English-speaking Learners of Chinese International Service Learning Student-Centred Learning internationalising education research-informed teaching localisation strategies Sinofication

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Singh
    • 1
  • Thị Hồng Nhung Nguyễn
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Educational ResearchWestern Sydney UniversityPenrith, NSWAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationWestern Sydney UniversityPenrith, NSWAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-54281-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-54282-3
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