Reflections on “Researching and teaching Chinese as a foreign language”

Martin Christian Matthias I Matthiessen

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The launch of RTCFL, Researching and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, under the outstanding guidance by Professor Yang Yanning is truly excellent news for (applied) linguists concerned with crucial importance of Chinese as a Foreign Language and for teachers of Chinese as a Foreign Language — but also for present and future learners of Chinese, who will benefit from new insights that will be disseminated through the journal, and for applied linguists more generally. So much of applied linguistics concerned with second / foreign language teaching and learning has been focussed on English, but RTCFL will provide new insights based on the educational engagement with another “major language”. Naturally, it is essential that “minor languages” should also be given theoretical and practical attention in this area, including minority languages in China and elsewhere in modern nation states where “small languages” and their communities of speakers are facing unprecedent challenges in extended history of “vanishing voices” and “dying words” over the last ten thousand years or so (see e.g. Grenoble & Whaley, 2006; Hagège, 2000; Harrison, 2007; Nettle & Romaine, 2000).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalResearching and teaching Chinese as a foreign language
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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