Post-Lingual Chinese Language Learning

Hanzi Pedagogy

  • Jinghe Han

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Teaching and Learning Chinese book series (PSTLC)

About this book


This book presents a thought-provoking challenge to mainstream theories of second language learning. Focusing on Chinese Hanzi, a self-sufficient meaning-making system that operates via visual shape and the logic built into its formation, it analyses ‘post-lingual’ pedagogy. The author examines this ‘language beyond language’ or linguistic theories, demonstrating that Hanzi is not made up simply of arbitrary signs but is the result of a complete conceptualisation process. In doing so, she creates a conceptual framework that builds on Hanzi’s humanistic spirit of language learning. This intriguing book will interest students and scholars of language education, and offers practical advice for those involved in teaching and learning Chinese as a foreign language. 

Jinghe Han is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University, Australia. Her research interests include post-lingual pedagogy, research literacy, and English as a Medium of Instruction.


Chinese education Hanzi language language education teaching chinese

Authors and affiliations

  • Jinghe Han
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Sydney UniversityPenrithAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-59839-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-59840-0
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