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ERIC Number: ED389161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 20
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Implementing Cultural Elements in Chinese Teaching.
Pan, Yuling
A discussion of the role of cultural education in the advanced Chinese language course first outlines a communicative approach to second language teaching and testing, defines culture and looks at its importance to the second language learner, and describes methods for creating a language classroom environment reflecting Chinese culture. The communicative approach discussed emphasizes the importance of rules of language use within a given culture, and the need to know that culture. A distinction is made between cultural information and behavioral patterns in a culture, and it is stressed that cultural information alone is not an adequate basis for adults to use the language communicatively because it does not reflect norms of communicative behavior. At the advanced level, focus is on development of learners' sociocultural and strategic competence, and a topical approach is used to teach both language and culture. Topics are: introduction to varieties of Chinese language; government structure and politics; economic reform; military; social problems in contemporary society; modern history; legal system and practices; educational system; agriculture and industry; culture and value system; family issues; political movements; mass media and public opinion; population and ethnic issues; business practices; and foreign policies. Classroom activities include reading, listening, lecture, discussion, and student reports. Specific techniques and requirements for each are outlined. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
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