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Researching Chinese Learners
Skills, Perceptions and Intercultural Adaptations
Edited by Lixian Jin and Martin Cortazzi
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
01 Feb 2011
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China has the largest education system and the largest number of learners of English. Chinese students form the largest single group of international learners in many countries. However, there are few international studies of how Chinese students learn and adapt to other learning cultures.

This book focuses on three themes related to Chinese learners
 

  • the teaching and learning of English in Chinese classrooms
  • intercultural adaptation of Chinese learners in international educational contexts
  • the application of a range of research approaches and innovative methodologies

 
The authors, from Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the UK, present original research with Chinese learners in higher education which provides a rich and wide international context for understanding social, cultural and academic issues related to Chinese students.

The book should be of interest to researchers, teachers and postgraduate students in applied linguistics and English teaching, intercultural adaptation and international education.


Description

China has the largest education system and the largest number of learners of English. Chinese students form the largest single group of international learners in many countries. However, there are few international studies of how Chinese students learn and adapt to other learning cultures.

This book focuses on three themes related to Chinese learners
 

  • the teaching and learning of English in Chinese classrooms
  • intercultural adaptation of Chinese learners in international educational contexts
  • the application of a range of research approaches and innovative methodologies

 
The authors, from Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the UK, present original research with Chinese learners in higher education which provides a rich and wide international context for understanding social, cultural and academic issues related to Chinese students.

The book should be of interest to researchers, teachers and postgraduate students in applied linguistics and English teaching, intercultural adaptation and international education.


Contents

Figures
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Diagrams
Appendices
Acknowledgements
Notes On Contributors
Introduction: Contexts for Researching Chinese Learners; L.Jin & M.Cortazzi
PART I: DEVELOPING TEACHING AND LEARNING IN CHINA
Rote Learning in Chinese Culture: Reflecting Active Confucian-Based Memory Strategies; X.Li & J.Cutting
Cantonese and English Bodies do Talk: A Cross-Cultural, Metaphor-Metonymy Study on Body-Part Idioms; D.Chung-Hong Leung & P.Crisp
More Than a Journey: 'Learning' in the Metaphors of Chinese Students and Teachers; L.Jin & M.Cortazzi
Meeting in the Middle? Intercultural Adaptation in Tertiary Oral English in China; P.Stanley
Reticience and Anxiety in Oral English Lessons: A Case Study in China; M.Liu & J.Jackson
Intercultural Competence and EFL Teaching in China; Y.Zhou, S.Xu & J.Bayley
PART II: INTERCULTURAL ADAPTATION: CHINESE LEARNERS IN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXTS
Cultures of Learning and Student Participation: Chinese Learners in a Multicultural English Class in Australia; H.Parris-Kidd & J.Barnett
Getting the Big Picture: A Longitudinal Study of Adaptation and Identity in a New Zealand University; G.Skyrme & C.White
An Emotional Journey of Change: The Case of Chinese Students in UK Higher Education; Q.Gu
Intercultural Adaptation of Chinese Postgraduate Students and their UK Tutors; Y.Zhou, K.Topping & D.Jindal-Snape
Intercultural Adaptation – It is a Two Way Process: Examples from a British MBA Programme; T.Zhao & J.Bourne
Adapting to Western Norms of Critical Argumentation and Debate; K.Durkin
Different Waves Crashing into Different Coastlines? Chinese Learners Doing Postgraduate Dissertations in the UK; N.Pilcher, M.Cortazzi & L.Jin
Conclusions: What Are We Learning From Research About Chinese Learners? L.Jin & M.Cortazzi
Index


Authors

LIXIAN JIN is Reader in Linguistics & Health Communication and the Director for the Centre of Intercultural Research in Communication and Learning (CIRCL) at De Montfort University, UK.

MARTIN CORTAZZI is a Visiting Professor in the Centre of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick, UK. 
 
DR JIN and PROFESSOR CORTAZZI are visiting professors at several key universities in China and have been conducting joint research into Chinese and other learners of English for over twenty years by using a variety of research methods including surveys, ethnography, narrative and metaphor analysis. Their research, with over 100 publications, has been widely recognized by researchers and university teachers from the West and in East Asia. They are the series editor and cultural editor for College English textbooks: Creative Reading and Creative Communication, jointly published by Macmillan publishers and Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press. They have also published a series of teachers' books for New Standard College English textbooks by Macmillan publishers and Beijing Foreign Language Teaching & Research Press.