Dr Yu-Hua Chen from the School of Humanities at Coventry University, Dr Ying Zheng and Prof. Roumyana Slabakova from Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton have been successful in winning the British Academy Talent Development Award 2021. They will work on a project entitled “An Investigation of the Statistical Alignment of A-Level Mandarin Chinese to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages”.
This project involves a series of statistical and corpus-based investigations into the alignment of A-level Mandarin Chinese to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Along with the emerging recognition of the importance of grasping a modern foreign language in the post-Brexit era, there is a lack of understanding of how Chinese as a foreign language is aligned to a common benchmark of proficiency and how best to integrate the teaching, learning and assessment of Mandarin into foreign language curricula at post-secondary school level in the UK. This research aims to link UK initiatives with the global teaching of modern foreign languages, including Mandarin Chinese, and to help develop shared international understanding of standards and proficiency levels.