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The teaching and learning of Chinese in primary schools in England: developing a new learning approach to support intercultural understanding

Diamantidaki, Fotini and Carruthers, Katharine and Trapp, James (2014) The teaching and learning of Chinese in primary schools in England: developing a new learning approach to support intercultural understanding. In: 主办单位:世界汉语教学学会 www.shihan.org.cn/newsletters. International Society for Chinese Language Teaching, China, pp. 6-10.

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the state of the field with respect to the activity of the Confucius Institute for Schools, so far, in promoting the teaching and learning of Chinese in secondary schools. After consideration of the state of the field in the secondary sector, the focus will be shifted to the new strand of work of the IOE Confucius Institute in primary schools in England as this is an emerging opportunity for further growth and expansion of the teaching and learning Mandarin Chinese. More specifically, the paper will discuss the work of the Confucius Institute in regards to implementing a new Programme of Study for primary schools with the aim of raising cultural awareness and intercultural understanding, through the inclusion of Chinese characters as an integral part of language learning at an early age. In order to support our argument we shall draw on educational theories of teaching and learning and the role of culture in foreign language learning. The paper will finally seek to highlight areas of further development in regards to the creation of high quality resources and the training of non- Chinese speaking primary classroom teachers.

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