Managing the Chinese-English Language Barrier

Room 315, Level 3, FBE Building

Register by 7 Aug 2017

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Sonia Puglielli

+61 3 8344 3645

fbe-wcla@unimelb.edu.au

The workshop series ‘Engaging with Chinese Students’ is back due to popular demand! This event is the second in the series.

Language difficulties underlie many of the challenges faced by Australian educators teaching Chinese students. This two hour workshop introduces participants to Mandarin, the first language of most Chinese students. It explains the major structural differences between English and Mandarin in terms of grammar, structure and style, and how these shape what educators observe in Chinese students' spoken and written English. The session concludes with an overview of the most difficult aspects of English for Chinese students, and a summary of tips for educators on how to manage the language barrier effectively.

Presenter: Dr Fiona Swee-Lin Price is the director of Globalise Consulting, a consultancy that specialises in managing cultural diversity in Australian universities. She has an Anglo-Australian father and a Malaysian Chinese mother, speaks Mandarin and French, and has been working in the intercultural field for over twenty years.