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Teaching Chinese Language in Singapore

Concerns and Visions


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Chinese Language Teaching and Culture

  3. Teaching and Learning of Hanzi

  4. Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Chinese Language Teaching

  5. About the Future

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 151-152

About this book


This book addresses the problems and issues surrounding teaching Chinese as a second language in the Singapore context. It identifies four main areas of concern: (1) Neglect of culture in the teaching of Chinese; (2) Difficulty of learning Hanzi (Chinese characters); (3) Cognitive and affective aspects of Chinese language learning; and (4) Authenticity of the Chinese language in a global and Singapore context. 

The book includes lesson design and instructional practices for re-prioritizing Chinese as a set of trainable skills, as well as teaching culture in the context of teaching the language. It also introduces the Chinese as a Second Language Readability Formula to help learners overcome their difficulties with learning Hanzi (Chinese characters), and the Attitude Toward Chinese Language Scale to help understand the various factors that can influence Chinese language learning. It also proposes a student-oriented model for conducting problem-based research, tapping into the disciplines of psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics.

Resolving or minimizing the issues identified here requires action at the macro level by Chinese language researchers on a national scale, and at the micro level by classroom teachers through action research.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Singapore Centre for Chinese LanguageNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

About the authors

Dr. Soh Kaycheng is currently a Research Consultant at the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language. He is actively involved in training Chinese language teachers and conducting action research workshops, and publishes regularly on issues and problems in Chinese language instruction. He has also published books on global university rankings, international comparisons of academic achievement, educational measurement, and teacher creativity.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Teaching Chinese Language in Singapore
  • Book Subtitle Concerns and Visions
  • Authors Kaycheng Soh
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-15-1148-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-15-1151-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-15-1149-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 152
  • Number of Illustrations 11 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Language Education
    Language Teaching
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