Enhancing linguistic and cultural proficiency through Chinese children's literature

Lijun Bi, Xiangshu Fang

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This paper addresses the issue of selecting high-quality materials for teaching Chinese to non-native-speaker students. The paper argues that the unique nature of literary texts for children and adolescents written in simple and standard language reflecting the rich social fabric of China make them valuable materials for teaching foreign learners of the modern Chinese language. The special value of these materials to non-native learners lies not only in their linguistic aptness, but also in their informative connection between the modern Chinese language and the history and culture of China. The paper demonstrates how to effectively use these materials in a cooperative Chinese language classroom.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1771 - 1777
Number of pages7
JournalTheory and Practice in Language Studies
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Chinese teaching materials
  • Chinese children's literature
  • linguistic skills
  • cultural awareness
  • cooperative learning

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