Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology

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Lianyungang Open University

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Hanban teachers have made important contributions to the spreading of Chinese language and culture in the US. They also experience great cultural shocks during their teaching, which greatly challenge their life, work and even their physical and mental health. What are those cultural shocks? What are the causes of them? Can we find out some methods to prevent or deal with them? The present study, by employing classroom observation, interview, and self-reflection approaches, investigates the cultural shocks Hanban teachers commonly encounter during their teaching in K-12 schools in the State of Ohio, and conducts analysis of the causes of these cultural shocks from aspects of Sino-US differences in values,role definitions between teachers and students, evaluation systems, etc. The study also lists coping strategies for Hanban teachers to improve their knowledge and skills to deal with cultural shocks.

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