Round Table: Teaching Chinese with Comprehensible Input – Annick Chen and Dr. I-Huei Lee

Teaching Chinese with Comprehensible Input definitely looks different from teaching other languages (or at least “feels” different). What are the differences and how can Chinese teachers overcome the obstacles to help their students achieve their goals in a delightful way? In this round table discussion, the presenter and participants will work collaboratively and share their insights and ready-to-use strategies with some guiding questions. Bring your great ideas with you and be ready to share!

Chinese is very different from other languages. The US Defense Language Institute categorizes languages into four levels of difficulty for English speakers. Unfortunately, Chinese is placed in the 4th category along with Arabic, Japanese, Korean, and Pashto. It is one of the most difficult languages in the world! Its scripts and the lack of cognates make the language more difficult for English or Romance languages speakers. Besides teaching tones, teachers also struggle with addressing the Chinese writing system in Chinese. In the light of collaborative learning, I would like to take this opportunity to identify the obstacles in Chinese teaching and share the strategies that work for me. In addition, I would like to invite other teachers to chime in and share their ideas.

This presentation takes place in “Mandarin room” on Thursday July 30th at 20:00 Paris time (CEST). To access the room, please click here to consult the visual map (restricted to registered conference attendees).