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ERIC Number: ED393293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
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On the Use of Composition To Enhance the Study of Chinese Characters.
The ability to write in Chinese often takes longer to develop than the ability to speak among overseas Chinese. Due to the difficulties involved, many foreigners learning Chinese also stay away from writing. A method is presented here that suggests that students should be free to write in a manner based on what they are able to speak. The approach to "learning characters for the sake of learning" and "memorizing every character" should be avoided. Explained in this paper are the principles of curriculum design, what to teach and how to teach, evaluation of teaching results, and places that need special attention. A model lesson plan with "picture-based composition" and "writing a description" are also provided. (WW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Anaheim, CA, November 18-20, 1995).