This paper describes an initiative to utilise rich Australian multilingual and multicultural community resources to enhance upper secondary school students' second language learning and intercultural communication experiences. Year 11 students of Chinese from two Melbourne schools conducted fortnightly conversations with older people speaking Mandarin Chinese as their first language. This paper reports on the analysis of the effect of such intergenerational and intercultural conversation encounters on students' learning of Chinese language and culture. The research project provided a context where students were able to co-construct meaning with people from the culture of the target language, within the naturalistic reciprocal process of conversations. The analysis of these data revealed that the benefits for Chinese culture learning were not confined to the cognitive level but also present at the behavioural level. This project has evidenced the benefits of drawing on local community resources to supplement formal classroom teaching of Chinese language and culture.
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|