ERIC Number: ED349229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Demystifying the Chinese Language. Revised.
Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Program on International and Cross Cultural Education.
This document is a revised version of a teaching unit originally published in 1980 and designed to familiarize both elementary and secondary students with the Chinese language and thus lessen the strangeness often attached to it. The goal is not that students "learn Chinese;" rather the hope is that, through a series of exercises that actively involve students with written Chinese, students will engage in a process of demystifying the Chinese language so that they can begin to view it simply as a system of written communication different from, but equally plausible as, those of Indo-European origin. No prior knowledge about Chinese is required of either the teacher or students to use this unit. The unit is appropriate for many areas of the curriculum; for example, social studies courses in which China is studied, multicultural studies courses, specialized coursework on communication, sociology, or linguistics, or in conjunction with the language arts curriculum. It is particularly appropriate for use as a comparative study in courses in world history/cultures or in U.S. history/culture. The unit is organized into a six-day format. All necessary instructional materials to teach the unit are provided, including 13 handouts, the first of which consists of a set of "flashcards" showing selected characters. The following appendices also are included: (1) a paper on "The Chinese Language"; (2) a paper on "Language Reform in the People's Republic of China"; (3) a reprint of simplified Chinese characters; and (4) a chart showing Pinyin pronunciation. (DB)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Chinese, Chinese Culture, Cultural Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Foreign Culture, Global Approach, Multicultural Education, Social Studies, Units of Study
SPICE - Stanford Program on International and Cross Cultural Education, Littlefield Center, Room 14, 300 Lasuen Street, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5013 ($24.95, includes slides for this unit).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Program on International and Cross Cultural Education.
Identifiers - Location: China