ERIC Number: ED392263
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Balance of Language Knowledge and Communication Competence in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language.
The case studies of three college students of beginning Chinese, all native speakers of English, were undertaken to examine how second language learners find a balance between linguistic knowledge and communicative competence. Data were gathered through classroom observations, oral and written coursework, and an interview concerning Chinese language study, and analyzed on the bases of discourse patterns, error patterns, and student attitudes. Results are presented in the form of tables comparing data for each student. It is concluded that two independent means of learning a second language (linguistic knowledge and communicative competence) exist in Chinese second language learning, and should be consciously balanced in second language instruction. It was also found that the three students represent three distinct learner types, for whom different approaches are needed, including both creation of a language use environment within and outside the classroom and systematic development of linguistic knowledge and other skills such as reading and writing. A 44-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (29th, Anaheim, CA, November 18-21, 1995).