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Mandarin Chinese teachers across borders: challenges and needs for professional development

Mandarin Chinese teachers across borders: challenges and needs for professional development
Mandarin Chinese teachers across borders: challenges and needs for professional development
The learning and teaching of Mandarin Chinese as a second or foreign language (CSL/CFL) has been gaining momentum around the world, leading to a shortage of qualified Chinese teachers. Thus more research is needed into the training and professional development of Chinese teachers. This study investigates the challenges and difficulties that native Chinese-speaking teachers of Mandarin have encountered in British schools and the professional development that they desire. A questionnaire survey and semi-structured interviews were used for data collection from native Chinese-speaking teachers of Mandarin in Confucius Institutes (Hanban teachers) in the UK. Results show that participants have encountered linguistic, pedagogical and socio-cultural challenges. Major challenges reported by the Hanban teachers include lack of English proficiency and intercultural competence, lack of knowledge about the local education system, and lack of effective pedagogical methods and classroom management skills to work with disruptive students, students with special educational needs, as well as teaching assistants. The study concludes that training and professional development tailored to the local context seems imperative for this group of teachers to facilitate their effective teaching and localisation.
Chinese as a second or foreign language, Confucius Institutes, Hanban teachers, professional development
2520-7733
135-168
Lu, Yanbin
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Zheng, Ying
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Lin, Shihan
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Lu, Yanbin
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Zheng, Ying
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Lu, Yanbin, Zheng, Ying and Lin, Shihan (2019) Mandarin Chinese teachers across borders: challenges and needs for professional development. International Journal of Chinese Language Education, (6), 135-168.

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Abstract

The learning and teaching of Mandarin Chinese as a second or foreign language (CSL/CFL) has been gaining momentum around the world, leading to a shortage of qualified Chinese teachers. Thus more research is needed into the training and professional development of Chinese teachers. This study investigates the challenges and difficulties that native Chinese-speaking teachers of Mandarin have encountered in British schools and the professional development that they desire. A questionnaire survey and semi-structured interviews were used for data collection from native Chinese-speaking teachers of Mandarin in Confucius Institutes (Hanban teachers) in the UK. Results show that participants have encountered linguistic, pedagogical and socio-cultural challenges. Major challenges reported by the Hanban teachers include lack of English proficiency and intercultural competence, lack of knowledge about the local education system, and lack of effective pedagogical methods and classroom management skills to work with disruptive students, students with special educational needs, as well as teaching assistants. The study concludes that training and professional development tailored to the local context seems imperative for this group of teachers to facilitate their effective teaching and localisation.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 November 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 1 December 2019
Published date: 1 December 2019
Keywords: Chinese as a second or foreign language, Confucius Institutes, Hanban teachers, professional development

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Local EPrints ID: 438133
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/438133
ISSN: 2520-7733
PURE UUID: 7c231f3b-9912-4866-9c2a-743a191f43c6
ORCID for Ying Zheng: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2574-0358

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Date deposited: 03 Mar 2020 17:30
Last modified: 22 Nov 2021 03:05

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Author: Yanbin Lu
Author: Ying Zheng ORCID iD
Author: Shihan Lin

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