Publication Date

2000

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Kathleen Graves

Abstract

The ever-increasing diversity of the language classroom has become a trend in this pluralistic American society. The presence of large groups of students who have home backgrounds in Chinese has outnumbered the non-native speakers in my class at Enloe High School in recent years. Since Chinese is still a small program, the school cannot offer a separate track for non-native students. Furthermore, due to the limited number of classes, students officially registered in different levels cannot be placed in different classrooms. How to provide a feasible, sequenced, and integrated curriculum to a mixture of native-speakers and non-native speakers as well as students of various levels is the theme of this paper. This paper discusses and analyzes the reasons why as well as how to adapt the textbooks of the Ni Hao series to meet the requirements of the National Standards with a standards-based sample lesson plan.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | East Asian Languages and Societies