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ERIC Number: ED098784
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 113
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Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Commonly Used Expressions in Chinese and an Analysis of Its Possible Implication on Language Teaching on the College Level.
Lin, Helen T.
This survey was conducted in order to provide a resource for those interested in revising existing Chinese teaching materials and/or writing new materials. A study of the vocabulary in several texts for first and second year Chinese classes in American colleges was used as the basis for constructing a questionnaire consisting of a list of commonly used expressions relating to campus life and a list of expressions considered questionable insofar as actual usage was concerned. Six thousand copies of the questionnaire were distributed to students in eight colleges and universities in Taiwan. The students were asked to specify whether or not the words and expressions derived from the textbooks were commonly used. In addition, 120 students at these institutions were interviewed, and recordings were made of their speech. Project procedure is described here, and results of the statistical analyses of the data gathered are given in detail. It is concluded that the words and expressions most commonly used by Chinese students relate to academic life and extracurricular activities and that knowledge of this type of vocabulary would be of particular value to the American student learning Chinese. (PMP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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