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ERIC Number: ED117947
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 12
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Materials for the Study of Chinese.
McCoy, John
This article surveys the teaching materials available in the United States for teaching Chinese at the college level. Suggestions are made for the improvement of existing materials and for the development of new ones. The main problems associated with the production and usefulness of language materials are that: (1) languages change through time and therefore materials are quickly out of date; (2) teachers and students vary in goals, temperament, and techniques; and (3) language pedagogy theories are constantly evolving. In addition, intensive courses create a qualitative difference in the need for materials. Academic intensive courses, unlike those offered in the government, must be targeted equally toward speaking and reading. The majority of the students in academic courses are preparing for higher-level research, for which they require reading proficiency in the language. In view of this, although all currently available Chinese materials could stand improvement and updating, reworking priorities should be for materials in the reading phase: (1) introductory general readers, and (2) intermediate short-form character texts especially on culture in Mainland China and updated newspaper readers. The available dictionaries seem to be adequate, but a periodic newsletter would be useful for continually updating the rapidly fluctuating political vocabulary. Recommendations are also made concerning spoken Chinese texts and taped materials. (TL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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