Just as the demand for Chinese language programs is growing across North America, schools are facing a shortage of trained teachers and a host of challenges. How can teachers meet the needs of a complex classroom filled with both Chinese heritage learners and those completely new to Chinese? How can Chinese teachers from diverse backgrounds adapt to a North American teaching environment and expectations?

Designed for teachers of Chinese at all levels, this groundbreaking 2nd Edition has been fully updated and revised with information to help teachers create strong, sustainable K-16 Chinese language programs. This collection of essays blends an emphasis on strong theoretical training with class-tested models and examples from leaders in the Chinese language teaching field.


  • Perfect as a course book for all teacher training environments, including pre-service and in-service, certification programs, Master’s degree programs, summer institutes, and workshops.
  • Contains just the right blend of theory and practice-includes relevant theories as well as hands-on classroom methods, examples, and innovations.
  • Addresses not only how to teach the language, but also how to create and sustain a sequenced, articulated curriculum-especially relevant as the demand for new Chinese programs continues to rise.
  • Stresses application of both national standards and Chinese language standards.

By taking an issues approach as well as highlighting specific techniques and principles that will guide Chinese language teachers in making appropriate decisions in their classrooms, this book is an indispensable resource for all teachers who strive for excellence in the Chinese language classroom.

SKU: 9780887277948 Language: Chinese Series: OTHER Volume: N/A Edition: N/A Categories: ,


"Your clear-eyed view of teaching the language; great examples of activities; and (above all) obvious love of teaching and the burden it places on us was motivating and moving."

- J.R. Sessions III, new instructor of Chinese on Chapter 3 Focusing on the Learner in the Chinese Language Classroom: Moving from "Talking the Talk" to "Walking the Walk"

I've read Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language once and now I will read it a second time. Excellent book! I will recommend this to other teachers. I am very happy to see more books like this on the market.

- Joanne Havemeyer, Convent of the Sacred Heart Prepatory School, Greenwich

For those just entering the TCFL profession, this book is a state of the art introduction to the field. For more experienced practitioners…it is a useful resource guide.…Each of the chapters includes thoughtful list of discussion questions, making it a convenient textbook for teachers and students engaged in TCFL training….

- Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association
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