From knowing what to knowing why: a liberal arts education approach in a Chinese language classroom

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    Abstract

    In 2014, Kinoshita and Zhang called for a reconceptualization of foreign language teaching that advocates a "liberal arts" approach emphasizing the intellectual development beyond language facility. This paper is a reflection of a pedagogical practice that embraces this approach. The paper gives a detailed presentation and exposition of the design of a course that aims to promote a balanced and nuanced critical understanding of the target language country - China. The paper describes and discusses a suite of activities that engage pre-advanced students of L2 Chinese through in-depth contact with ideas and objects related to China, and the "why" of its contemporary issues.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)77-92pp.
    JournalChinese as a Second Language
    Volume52
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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