The Performed Culture Approach (PCA, 体演文化教学法) is a paradigm-shifting pedagogical framework in the field of East Asian language pedagogy. It has its origins in the millennia-old Confucian philosophy and draws inspiration from the knowledge fields of cognitive studies, linguistic anthropology, cultural psychology, and performance studies. Through meticulously executed curricular design as well as “performances” that put learners in authentic linguistic and cultural contexts, this pedagogical approach successfully integrates language instruction and culture instruction. It aims to enable language learners to not only gain advanced linguistic skills but also develop intercultural communicative competence, successfully navigating the target culture and effectively communicating with native speakers in culturally appropriate ways.


This reference guide mainly contains two parts: PCA Bibliography and PCA videos. They are intended for both teachers and scholars who are new to PCA and would like to know more about its theories and teaching practices, and veteran PCA practitioners who want to keep abreast with the latest developments on the PCA research front.