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Publication year: 2015
ISBN: 978-84-608-2657-6
ISSN: 2340-1095

Conference name: 8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 18-20 November, 2015
Location: Seville, Spain

INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE EDUCATION: PREPARING TEACHERS TO TEACH GLOBAL LANGUAGES WITH DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS, ENGLISH AND CHINESE

A. McNeill

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HONG KONG)
The demand for qualified teachers of English and Chinese as second languages has grown substantially in recent years in response to the spread of English and Chinese as global languages. However, the teaching English and Chinese as second languages has tended to adopt different approaches. While English teachers have been encouraged to adopt a communicative or task-based approach, teachers of Chinese have been concerned primarily with developing accuracy on the part of their learners. To some extent, these differences of emphasis in teaching reflect the peculiar linguistic properties of the English and Chinese languages. Learners of Chinese need to develop high levels of accuracy in order to communicate even at elementary level, while learners of English can achieve basic communicative competence without the same attention to accuracy because of basic differences in the ways the two languages operate.

This paper reports on an innovative master’s degree which attempts to prepare both English and Chinese teachers for international careers. The MA in International Language Education offered at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology attempts to address, in a single program, the needs of teachers of English and Chinese. Through a combination of shared foundation and separate language-specific courses, the program aims to equip graduates with language teaching competencies derived from best practices in the teaching of Chinese and English, while respecting the different linguistic properties of each language. The paper examines, in particular, the challenges faced by common foundation courses in Second Language Acquisition and Language Teaching Methodology in addressing the needs of future teachers of Chinese and English.
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A. McNeill (2015) INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE EDUCATION: PREPARING TEACHERS TO TEACH GLOBAL LANGUAGES WITH DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS, ENGLISH AND CHINESE, ICERI2015 Proceedings, p. 4760.
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