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Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign
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Janet Zhiqun Xing

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9789622097629

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622097629.001.0001

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Characters and Words

Characters and Words

(p.100) (p.101) 5 Characters and Words
Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language

Janet Zhiqun Xing

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter focuses on the writing form of the Chinese language or the hanzi. Chinese characters are often regarded as logographic writing which is categorically different from alphabetical writing. Whereas alphabet writing is derived from syllables, Chinese characters are derived from graphs. This chapter provides a discussion of the current practices in teaching and learning Chinese characters in the field of teaching Chinese as a foreign language. The chapter also discusses the integrated model of teaching and learning Chinese characters.

Keywords:   writing form, Chinese language, hanzi, Chinese characters, logographic writing

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