Chinese Learner Language
A Chinese language learner must be able to use Chinese in unrehearsed communication. Being able to judge the accuracy of Chinese sentences, or memorize, recite and understand a small set of Chinese sentences does not prepare a learner for spontaneous communication.
A learner who really knows the language can exchange information using Chinese in unrehearsed communication, with a degree of accuracy, complexity and fluency that increases over time.
Chinese language teachers can understand the development of Chinese learner language in their own classrooms using basic techniques from second-language acquisition research. The following six units feature video-clips of Chinese learner language produced by two second-year learners in unrehearsed communication activities. Each unit shows you how to analyze Chinese learner language from a different perspective, and consider ways you can support its development:
- Individual difference
- Error analysis
- Learning in interaction