ERIC Number: ED166275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May-13
Chinese Thought and Chinese Language: Effects on Students' Writings.
Lay, Nancy Duke S.
Because the conceptual and grammatical constructions of English and Chinese vary drastically, Chinese students often have difficulty learning to think and write in English. Cultural conflicts of young Chinese in America compound their difficulties with the English language. The old values expressed by Chinese affect students' abilities to write clearly in English. Belief in the value of life, learning, and self reliance is central to Chinese thought. Writing topics for students involving these subjects should be considered. Using the Chinese idea of the yin/yang concept, teachers can introduce analogies and comparisons as methods for teaching composition. Because of the different structure of the Chinese language, the importance of articles, prepositions, and conjunctions in English should be emphasized. These and other suggestions for improving Chinese student's writing are made in this paper. (WI)
Descriptors: Chinese, Chinese Americans, Concept Formation, Cultural Background, English (Second Language), Grammar, Language Instruction, Language Patterns, Teacher Effectiveness, Writing (Composition), Writing Exercises
Not available separately; See UD 018 804
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Henry Luce Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. City Coll. Dept. of Asian Studies.
Note: For related documents, see UD 018 805-808 and UD 018 810-813