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Learned Chinese

  • Author / Creator
    Koskela, Alyssa
  • Modern Standard Mandarin (MSM) is increasingly taught in a multitude of international contexts. This creative non-fiction thesis examines the pedagogical methods used to teach MSM in China and Canada, by contrasting my alternating experiences as an international student in China and a domestic student studying Chinese in Canada. While my curriculum in China emphasizes the practical application of MSM and issues of cultural nuance, my curriculum in Canada stresses matters of technical accuracy and theoretical knowledge. Issues of gender, racial identity and language acquisition are examined through my experiences in and outside of the classroom, and through the lens of Chinese literature.

  • Subjects / Keywords
  • Graduation date
    2014-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3RF5KQ0H
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of English and Film Studies
  • Specialization
    • English
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Bishop, Edward (Department of English and Film Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Read, Daphne (Department of English and Film Studies)
    • Davis, Walter (Department of East Asian Studies)
    • Wiesenthal, Christine (Department of English and Film Studies)