Chinese reading and writing skills are often considered as the major barriers for non-Chinese speaking (NCS) students when they attempt to learn Chinese in Hong Kong. In view of the long-standing lack of suitable Chinese textbooks, it is necessary to design tailor-made supporting materials for NCS students and adopt innovative teaching strategies. Besides discussing the difficulties and analyzing typical errors of NCS students, this study also takes into account the advantages and disadvantages of mainstream textbooks in relation to Chinese character lists, the grammar learning system, evaluation methods and teaching strategies as appropriate. Based on the initial research, this study develops Chinese supporting materials for NCS students. By associating the structure of Chinese characters and sentences, the vocabulary size of NCS students can be increased systematically. Each unit of the materials consists of three key parts, namely character learning, word combinations and sentence building. According to the task-based approach, all learning points are organized as tasks, which incorporate games and activities as well. This study aims to accommodate the learning needs of NCS students and enhance their effectiveness in learning Chinese. In addition, the outcomes of the research are expected to contribute to the development of “Chinese language Curriculum Second Language Learning Framework” conducted by the Hong Kong government.
|Original language||Chinese (Simplified)|
|Journal||华文学刊 (Journal of Chinese language education)|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2018|