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Teaching Chinese to English Background Primary School Students

Shiqin Hu
Flinders University, School of Education



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One of the controversial issues in connection with learning Chinese as a second or foreign language is the time at which it is most appropriate to introduce the language and to teach the Chinese characters to young school students. By conducting a case study, the present investigation has provided both quantitative and qualitative support to the hypotheses that primary school students are well able to learn the Chinese language so long as they are schematically made ready to accept the new language, and that Chinese characters could well be introduced to young students at an early stage of learning.

Teaching Chinese, English Background Primary School Students, Second Language, Case Study


   Hu, S. (2003) Teaching Chinese to English Background Primary School Students. International Education Journal, 4 (1), 60-69.

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