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Using Spontaneous Interaction in Chinese Language Instruction

This workshop will present a part of the Asian Learner Languages project at CARLA. The researchers examine peer interaction between American learners of Chinese in a foreign language context. Two communicative tasks, jigsaw and comparison, were administered to two American college students to collect Chinese learner language data. A qualitative analysis of the data across the tasks were performed to find out when and how co-construction occurred in their interaction and what the outcomes of the co-construction were in terms of accuracy and complexity. Research questions addressed are:

  1. Is there evidence of co-construction in American students’ performance in Chinese second language?
  2. Does co-construction result in improved accuracy and complexity?

In the workshop, the presenter will share her understanding of the process of peer interaction between L2 learners of Chinese and discuss how peer interaction mediates Chinese language learning. Hands-on activities will allow teachers to try these new methods.

To register, call (612) 625-5080 or e-mail with your name, email address, phone number and the title of the course(s) you would like to attend. Advance registration is required. Confirmation of registration will happen on a rolling basis.


Thursday, December 16, 2010
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.


FREE, but registration required


101 University International Center
331–17th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414