China and Inner Asia
The target audience of this workshop is graduate students and early career junior faculty who are (or will be) teaching Chinese language courses in their career. Senior colleagues are also welcome to attend. Through this workshop, the participants will learn the theory and practices of the Performed Culture Approach (PCA). They will receive hands-on training in designing classroom activities based on some language learning materials currently widely used in the Chinese language field in the United States. They will also learn how to apply the PCA principles and adapt its pedagogical practices to various learning environments.
The Performed Culture Approach is a paradigm-shifting pedagogical framework in the Chinese language field. It has its origins in the millennia-old Confucian philosophy and draws inspiration from the knowledge fields of cognitive studies, cultural psychology, and performance studies. Although the approach has been developed in the field of East Asian language pedagogy, its influences have reached beyond the teaching of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Through meticulously executed curricular design as well as "performances" that put learners in authentic linguistic and cultural contexts, this pedagogical approach successfully integrates language instruction and culture instruction. It aims to enable language learners to not only gain advanced linguistic skills, but also develop intercultural communicative competence, successfully navigating in the target culture and effectively communicating with native speakers in culturally appropriate ways.
The presenters of this workshop are all experienced language teachers and teacher trainers who have taught in various academic settings in the United States. Professor Walker and Professor Noda are the chief architects of the theoretical framework and pedagogical practices of the Performed Culture Approach. Both are leading figures in the East Asian language fields.
This will be the first workshop on the Performed Culture Approach conducted at AAS. The workshop will cover the following topics: PCA core theory and concepts, curriculum design using PCA from beginning to advanced levels, and teaching techniques in PCA. The presenters will also introduce a digital online PCA teacher training video library they are currently developing to assist the participants in further professional development after participating in the workshop.