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ERIC Number: ED107112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Some Extra Problems That the Bilingual Teachers of Chinese Children Should Consider.
Wang, Peter Chin-tang
This article discusses some special problems related to bilingual education for Chinese-speaking children. Three major questions are raised. The first results from confusion over the meaning of the term "Chinese"; one must decide whether Mandarin, Canton, or Taishan should be used as the language of instruction. It is suggested that Mandarin be used because it is the accepted official language in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, and the United Nations and because it is necessary for reading and writing. The second question is whether to teach Mandarin or another dialect to the English-speaking students in a bilingual program. Mandarin is again suggested because it has a simpler sound system and because it can be studied further at many U.S. universities. Finally, there is the question of whether characters or alphabetical writing should be used and whether traditional or simplified characters should be used. The use of characters is advocated because it is the form used by Chinese speakers. The simplified system is also advocated because it offers many advantages, including the fact that it is used at the United Nations. (AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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