Yao, Tao-chung

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Tao-chung (Ted) Yao

Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures, 1995-2012

He is inextricably involved with the ETS SAT II-Chinese Achievement Test as a member of the development committee, and is the first Chief Reader for the Chinese Advanced Placement Test of the College Board. His textbook "Integrated Chinese" has been in print under the Cheng & Tsui imprint since 1997. He has also developed a computer-adaptive test for reading Chinese (CATRC).


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    ( 2014) Yao, Tao-chung
    Chinese language instruction in the United States (US) started over a century ago. The development was very slow during the first half of century. Only a handful universities offered Chinese language courses. University of Hawaii started to teach Chinese in 1921. It was one of the earlier universities to offer Chinese. The development of Chinese language instruction moved faster after World War II. The Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA) was established in 1962. John Yang who taught at the University of Hawaii (UH) for ten years was one of the founders of CLTA. The Chinese Proficiency Test (CPT), the first one in the US, was developed by Ying-che Li of UH in the early 1980's. Several of the popular Chinese language textbooks were authored by UH teachers. This article will discuss the contributions made by UH teachers to the field of Chinese language instruction in the US in the following areas: CLTA, Chinese language testing, teaching Chinese using technology, Confucius Institute, StatTalk, etc.
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    (Tsinghua University Press, 2008) Yao, Tao-chung
    As computers become more and more popular, Chinese language instruction has also entered the computer era. Various software for teaching Chinese have appeared on the market. Some Chinese language teachers in the United States also have designed computer programs for teaching Chinese. In 2003, the College Board announced the establishment of the AP Chinese program that includes the AP course and exam. Many schools started to offer AP Chinese courses in 2006. The first AP Chinese exam was administered in May 2007. The first AP Chinese test was an iBT (Internet-based test). Both the testing and the scoring were done on the Internet. The AP Chinese test opened a new era for computer testing. However, it also revealed some problems related to iBT. In this paper, I shall first briefly introduce the development of computer tests in the United States and then introduce the development of the AP Chinese test.
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    (Beijing University Press, 2006-05) Yao, Tao-chung
    HSK is the most widely used standard Chinese language examination in the world for measuring non-native speakers' language skills in Mandarin. AP Chinese, which was given on May 9 for the first time, is a standard test in the United States for college-bound students to demonstrate their language. This paper will compare the two exams in the following areas: purposes of the exams, target populations, formats of the exams, and content areas of the exams.
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    (Beijing University Press, 2006-11) Yao, Tao-chung
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    (Beijing University Press, 2006-05) Yao, Tao-chung