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Heritage Speakers of Mandarin Chinese Needed

April 18, 2012
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages is currently seeking speakers of Mandarin Chinese between the ages of 18-29 who learned to speak Mandarin at home or in the community (not at school).  Note – if you first learned Mandarin at home but then studied Mandarin in school, you are eligible to take part in this project. We are seeking heritage speakers of all proficiency levels!This project is designed to gather reliable data that does not exist at this time about the range and variety of spoken language profiles of heritage speakers. Heritage speakers who agree to participate in the study will be asked to provide biographical and linguistic data in addition to a sample of their spoken language proficiency. The information gained through a discourse analysis of the speech samples will be used to produce a report that describes the variety of oral spoken language profiles of heritage speakers.

If you are a heritage speaker of Mandarin, we invite you to complete the Qualification Survey found here to determine whether you qualify for the study:

In addition, we request that you forward or post this information to any parties you think would be appropriate for this study.

Please note that all individuals who qualify for the project will be asked to: 1) complete a second online survey, which takes approximately 3-5 minutes to complete; 2) take a telephonic ACTFL OPIc. Upon completion of both, participants will receive an official certificate indicating their level of spoken language proficiency and a payment of $25.

If you have any questions about this project or the survey, please contact Jeanmarie O’Leary at  or (703) 894-2900.

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