High School Chinese Language and Literacy Curriculum Reforms

  • Jiening Ruan
  • Guomin Zheng
Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 2)


Chinese language and literacy (Yuwen) curriculum at the junior middle school and senior middle school (high school) levels has gone through a number of reform efforts since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. This chapter traces the historical development of Yuwen curriculum with a particular focus on various reform efforts. Chinese political and social factors that have shaped the curriculum from 1904 when the first curriculum standards were issued by the Qing Government to the most recent standards are also discussed. Features of the latest high school Yuwen curriculum reform are outlined and compared to previous Yuwen curricula. The authors conclude with a discussion of issues and challenges arising from the latest reform, as well as recommendations for continued improvement of the high school Yuwen curriculum in China.


Chinese Language Curriculum Reform Curriculum Standard Elective Module College Entrance Exam 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Reading/Literacy EducationUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA
  2. 2.Chinese Reading EducationBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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