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Why language learning cannot be separated from other academic content areas

The materials and resources in the China and Globalization series are designed to be used by teachers of Chinese at the elementary and secondary levels, and beyond. Each lesson comes with a set of interactive flashcards and a video that introduces the content. The lessons are generally targeted at beginning and intermediate learners, but can be applied and adapted to just about any Chinese language class. We believe firmly that each individual teacher must adapt and align the materials they are using with reference to the particular needs of their students and courses, and in coordination with their colleagues in the school. For this reason, the China and Globalization materials are not meant to be “off the shelf” resources. That is, while they can be used as complete lessons or units, they work best if they are adapted by teachers and incorporated meaningfully into their curriculum and teaching plan. We are confident that there is something here for every learner, from younger learners to adults, from those studying with teachers to those studying on their own.
 


Many language programs exist simply as classes within school buildings. It is clear, however, that the most robust, dynamic, and successful programs over the long term are those that connect what is going on in the language classroom with authentic learning experiences, other academic content areas, and the life of the school more generally. Language learning is both a field of inquiry unto itself and a tool through which to access and interpret information and content in the humanities, arts, history, and science. Students can use the methods of history, literature, linguistics, etc. to investigate language – but they can also use the tool of language to engage with science, mathematics, literature, philosophy, and culture.

We hope these units will engage and challenge your students, and hopefully help redefine their notions of “China” and “Chinese culture.” They are meant as a celebration of China’s diverse connections with the world.

为什么语言学习不能脱离其它领域的学习

“中国与全球化”系列课程供中小学以及更高年级的中文教师使用。每节课程都包含一套互动卡片,以及介绍课程内容的视频。课程一般针对初级和中级学习者,但经过改编也适合任何其它中文学习班的学习者使用。我们认为,每位教师都必须根据学生和课程的特定需求对自己使用的教材进行改编和调整,并与学校的同事进行协调。因此,“中国与全球化”课程的教材并非一成不变。也就是说,教师可以使用完整的课程或单元的内容,但如果教师改编教材,与自己的课程和教学计划相结合,则可以取得最好的效果。我们相信,无论是儿童还是成年人,无论是由老师授课还是自学,每位学习者都能在本课程中找到适合自己的内容。

很多语言课程仅仅限于学校里的课堂教学。但是,从长远来看,最优秀、最活跃、最成功的语言课程显然要将课堂学习内容与真实的学习体验、其它学习领域以及整体的学校生活相结合。语言学习既要掌握语言本身,也要通过语言接触和了解人文、艺术、历史和科学方面的信息与内容。学生可以运用历史、文学、语言学等领域的方法来研究语言,但他们也可以运用语言工具来了解科学、数学、文学、哲学和文化。

我们希望这些课程能够吸引您的学生,挑战他们的能力,并帮助他们重新认识“中国”和“中华文化”。这些课程旨在彰显中国与世界的多元化联系。

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