Keynote Speaker Intro for the 6th Annual Conference of the NECLTA
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA
The 6th Annual Conference of the NECLTA-International Conference on Learning and Teaching Chinese Language and Culture
Keynote Speaker: Professor Neil Kubler (顾百里老师), Williams College
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(Introduction to Prof. Kubler's talk, rendered in both English and Chinese)
THE ACT/FACT APPROACH AND ITS ADVANTAGES
In learning a foreign language, especially one as different from English as is Chinese, most adult learners learn best using a curriculum that incorporates both large amounts of language performance and communicative practice (termed ACT) and smaller amounts of analysis and explanation about the language, society, and culture (termed FACT). This presentation will discuss the details of how to present ACT and FACT in the Chinese language curriculum (both in and outside of class, including the not-so- new concept of the “flipped classroom”), drawing examples from a new eight-volume Chinese language course which the presenter and two coauthors completed last year.
對於多數已成年的學習者而言，最有效的語言學習法包括：（一）大量的語言練習和使用（簡稱 ACT）；及（二）適量的發音、語法、社會和文化方面的分析與解釋（簡稱 FACT）。演講者將說明何時及如何在課堂內與課堂外進行 ACT 與 FACT（包括所謂“翻轉課堂”），且將示範一套去年剛完成的漢語教材以舉例之。
Brief Bio of Professor Kubler.
Cornelius C. Kubler is Stanfield Professor of Asian Studies at Williams College, where he founded and for many years chaired the Department of Asian Studies. He was Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese Language Training Supervisor and Chair of the Department of Asian & African Languages at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State, and served for 6 years as Director of the AIT Chinese Language & Area Studies School. He served from 2014-16 as American Co-Director of Hopkins-Nanjing Center and has directed intensive Chinese language training programs in the U.S., China, and Taiwan. He has been active in Chinese language test development and is author or coauthor of 20 books and over 50 articles on Chinese language pedagogy and linguistics.