Donglin Chai, Crista Cornelius, and Bing Mu, DEALL Chinese language pedagogy alumna, PhD student, and PhD candidate, respectively, have just published a new book Action! China: A Field Guide to Using Chinese in the Community 《体演日志：中文实地应用指南》(Routledge, 2018). As the winner of the Chinese Language Teachers Association’s 2014 Cengage Learning Award for Innovative Excellence in the Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language, Action! China is a practical guide for intermediate- to advanced-level students of Chinese wanting to maximize their study abroad experience and enhance their language skills. This handy guide contains over 90 Field Performance tasks which prompt real-life interactions with native speakers. By carrying out these real-life tasks students refine and solidify existing communication skills and gain a fuller understanding of and participation in the target culture. The guide also provides over 60 Performance Watch tasks which help students understand how native speakers accomplish communicative goals through guided observation and analysis of naturally occurring interactions. Action! China helps students understand and participate socially in Chinese, guiding them through skill-getting and skill-using processes and enabling them to form meaningful connections with Chinese people in the community.
Action! China is currently available at www.routledge.com/Action-China-A-Field-Guide-to-Using-Chinese-in-the-Community/Chai-Cornelius-Mu/p/book/9781138098121 and www.amazon.com/Action-China-Field-Chinese-Community/dp/1138098124