Performance-based Chinese Language Instruction

The second 2000 NFLRC Summer Institute, Performance-based Chinese Language Instruction, a workshop for Chinese language instructors, was conducted in tandem with summer Chinese courses at the University of Hawaiʻi, with the focus on strategies for instruction and testing to enhance learner performance on communicative tasks in the four skill areas. This task-oriented workshop, designed for participants teaching pre-collegiate or collegiate levels, covered the following topics:

  • The role of the textbook in the performance-based classroom,
  • The role of grammar instruction in performance-based curricula,
  • Principles of instructional task design, and
  • Performance-based testing.

Participants learned through demonstration, practice sessions, and peer and instructor critique.