Date of Graduation

Fall 2015

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Business & Organizational Communication - PR

Research Sponsor

Dr. Yang Lin

First Reader

Dr. Kathleen D. Clark

Second Reader

Dr. Dudley Turner


Mandarin Chinese has become increasing prevalent in the modern world. Accordingly, research of Chinese as a second language has developed greatly over the past few decades. This paper reviews research on the difficulties of acquiring a second language in general and research that specifically details the difficulty of acquiring Chinese as a second language. Based on this research, the author also reveals some areas that should be researched further in order to advance the field.