Supervisor: Dr. Mark Payne
Title of Thesis:
Exploring Mandarin Teaching and Learning in England: A Critical Examination of Native and Non-native Teachers’ views, beliefs and pedagogical practices in secondary schools
My study aims to explore native and non-native teachers’ views and beliefs on teaching and learning Mandarin in secondary schools in England. There are three aspects in this research: Mandarin teachers’ beliefs towards teaching Mandarin as a second language, Mandarin teachers’ pedagogical practices in the classrooms and the influence of teachers’ beliefs and pedagogical practices on students’ learning of Mandarin in class. Therefore, a conceptual framework based on Woods (1996) and Borg (2003) is designed and relevant literature is examined. Classroom observation, semi-structured interview and document analysis will be the main research methods in this study.
The research questions that I want to investigate are:
- What are the views and beliefs of Mandarin teachers in teaching and learning Mandarin as a second language in England? What, if any, are the differences between Native teachers and Non-native teachers?
- How do Mandarin teachers’ views and beliefs impact upon their pedagogical practices?
- How do the pedagogical practices in Mandarin classes influence students’ learning engagement?
Conferences and Presentations:
17-18 June 2016, the 13th IOE Confucius Institute Annual Chinese Conference, Institute of Education, University College London. Poster presentation: Exploring Mandarin Teachers’ views, beliefs and pedagogical practices in secondary schools in England.