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 training in designing Chinese courses and classroom activities, and how to apply the PCA principles and adapt its pedagogical practices to various learning environments.
PCA is a paradigm-shifting pedagogical framework in the Chinese language field. It has its origins in the millennia-old Confucian philosophy and draws inspirations from the knowledge fields of cognitive science, cultural psychology, linguistic anthropology, and performance studies. Although developed in the field of East Asian language pedagogy, PCA’s influences are reaching 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 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 leading figures in the East Asian language fields and the chief architects of PCA’s theoretical framework and pedagogical practices.
This will be the first workshop on the Performed Culture Approach conducted at AAS. The workshop will adopt an innovative format by combining an asynchronous component of teaching technique video viewing with synchronous presentations and discussions. We will cover the following topics: PCA core theory and concepts, the role of pedagogical materials in language learning, curriculum design using PCA from beginning to advanced levels. The presenters will also introduce a digital online PCA teacher training video library they are currently developing to assist participants in further professional development after the workshop.