International Education Journal

Educational Research Conference 2005 Special Issue


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On Chinese Culture Curriculum planning1

Catherine (Yongyang) Wang 
The University of Melbourne


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1This article was extensively edited by Dr B. Matthews, Research Associate, Flinders University Institute of International Education


The importance of cultural elements in foreign language teaching has been widely accepted in recent years. This applies particularly to the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language (TCFL) to non-native Chinese speakers at tertiary level in mainland China. However, there is no commonly accepted blueprint that defines the parts of Chinese culture that ought to be taught. This study suggests that (a) a Chinese Culture Curriculum (Wenhua Da Gang) is needed in order to solve the ambiguities existing in current teaching and to respond to the rising demands from the Chinese government and students and (b) the setting up the objectives of a Chinese Culture Curriculum should be done prior to the selection of content. This study attempts to raise the awareness of need for planning a Chinese Culture Curriculum as the blueprint to guide the practice of teaching. The goal of the study is to raise questions rather than to find answers. 

Teaching Chinese as a foreign language (TCFL), Chinese culture curriculum (Wenhua Da Gang), objectives, social culture, knowledge culture


 Wang, C. (2006) On Chinese Culture Curriculum planning. International Education Journal, 7 (4), 570-579.

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