Chinese Language Acquisition Research Centre | 汉语语言习得研究中心
Research into Chinese language acquisition and teaching Chinese as a foreign language.
The centre investigates the acquisition of Chinese by various types of learners to enhance understanding and provide references for language teachers, policy makers and authors.
The Chinese Language Acquisition Centre was established and collaborations were built with:
- Philosophy, Psychology and Linguistic Sciences at the University of Edinburgh (PPLS)
- Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR), Southampton University
- College of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Peking University; 北京大学对外汉语教育学院
- Child Bilingualism Research Centre (CBRC), Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK); 香港中文大学 儿童双语研究中心
- China Language Industry Research Institute, Capital Normal University; 首都师范大学 中国语言产业研究院
- Foreign Language College, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. 电子科技大学 外国语研究中心
Adult Beginners’ Language Acquisition | 成人初学者语言习得
In February 2020, the SCI and the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Linguistic Sciences at the University of Edinburgh launched a collaborative study on the subject of “Language Choice and Teaching Method on the Cognitive Effect on Language Learning”. 从2020年2月始，谢菲尔德大学孔子学院与英国爱丁堡大学哲学、心理和语言科学学院就“语言选择和教学方式对语言学习认知效果的影响”课题展开合作研究，研究方向主要为汉语选择和教学方式对汉语学习认知效果的影响。
Aimed at beginner learners, free Mandarin courses had been offered at the Institute in combination with the study.
Participants, who were over 18 and had never learned Chinese before, took part in the study, attending two sets of classes, one focusing on spoken Chinese and one focusing on written Chinese, over 16 classes.
At the beginning and end of each set of classes, participants completed research sessions, over four sessions.
In August 2020, the initial study “Comparing Face-to-face and Online Teaching of Written and Spoken Chinese to Adult Learners: An Edinburgh-Sheffield Case Study” has been published on International Journal of Chinese Language Teaching.
Adult intermediate learners’ Language Acquisition | 成人中级水平语言习得
Working with Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR), Southampton University, a study focused on intermediate levelled students has been taking place.
The students were from our courses “Chinese for Everyone” and School of East Asian Studies.
The study explored language syntax and grammar. Research results have been publicised at various academic conferences.
Early Years Language Acquisition, Mandarin Playgroup | 婴幼儿亲子习得
Children have a natural ability to learn, which is developed during the first few years of their life. Learning a second language can be just as easy as learning the first.
Language learning lays a foundation for study skills, attitudes and creative thinking. Every new language opens a new window into a new life.
The purpose of this research is to study how children acquire Mandarin and how they interact with their parents, teachers, and peers in a playgroup setting.
Heritage Speakers’ Language Acquisition | 儿童继承语语言习得
Working with the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sheffield Confucius Institute conducted research on the acquisition of Mandarin Chinese by heritage Mandarin and Cantonese speakers.
The project explored heritage language acquisition by school-age children and its research results have been publicised at various training courses and academic conferences. It has also led to further collaboration between the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Sheffield.
A research article “The Mandarin ba-construction in school-age heritage speakers and their parental input” has been published online in Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism. It is now available to current subscribers at:
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