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Perfective -le Use and Consciousness-Raising among Beginner-Level Chinese Learners

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Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
Languages 2020, 5(2), 16; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages5020016
Received: 3 March 2020 / Revised: 3 April 2020 / Accepted: 9 April 2020 / Published: 17 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Acquisition of Chinese as a First and Second Language)
Within the framework of explicit learning and consciousness-raising, this study investigates patterns in the use of -le in authentic classroom tasks by beginner-level learners of Chinese as a foreign language (CFL). It also explores the role and the processes of student-centered consciousness-raising in explicit knowledge building. Twenty-five participants completed a grammaticality judgment task, an interactive role-play task, and a written editing task. The experiment group received role-play sheets with explicit forms of -le provided, and participants engaged in rule induction of -le in forbidden context in the role-play session. Results showed that beginner-level learners’ difficulty with -le use manifested in different ways in these tasks, and -le underuse occurred more than overuse in the control group’s oral role-play task. Consciousness-raising through unguided small group rule induction supported participants’ learning of -le usage constraints, shown by differences between the control and experiment groups’ performances in the posttest. Through a qualitative analysis of participants’ analytical talk transcripts, the processes and outcomes of small group rule induction are examined and discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: Chinese as a foreign language; consciousness-raising; obligatory and forbidden contexts; perfective aspect marker; rule induction Chinese as a foreign language; consciousness-raising; obligatory and forbidden contexts; perfective aspect marker; rule induction
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Xu, Y. Perfective -le Use and Consciousness-Raising among Beginner-Level Chinese Learners. Languages 2020, 5, 16. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages5020016

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Xu Y. Perfective -le Use and Consciousness-Raising among Beginner-Level Chinese Learners. Languages. 2020; 5(2):16. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages5020016

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Xu, Yi. 2020. "Perfective -le Use and Consciousness-Raising among Beginner-Level Chinese Learners" Languages 5, no. 2: 16. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages5020016

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