1st Edition

Manual for Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language

By Bo Hu Copyright 2018
    114 Pages
    by Routledge

    114 Pages
    by Routledge

    Written in an extended dictionary format, the Manual for Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language aims to cover all key terms related to teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

    Each section contains an introduction with language-specific information, and identifies students and teachers’ common questions, including the capacity of Chinese as a morphologically unmarked language to indicate categories such as tense and mood. Many entries listed in this manual come with an explanation, a commentary, and rich examples.

    The Manual for Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language appeals to both Chinese as a foreign language (CFL) teachers and students, as well as being the ideal reference for researchers conducting comparative studies of the Chinese and English languages.


    Chapter 1拼音讲解 Pinyin

    • 发音器官vocal organ, organ of articulation
    • 声母initial, consonant
    • 韵母 final, vowel, and semi-vowel 
    • 拼音规则Pinyin spelling rule
    • 声调 tone
    • 声调变化 tone change, tone sandhi
    • 其他词汇 other useful vocabulary

    Chapter 2 词汇讲解 Words

    • 基础概念 basic concepts

    • 词群 word group

    • 词汇构成 word formation

    • 礼貌用语 polite expressions

    Chapter 3 语法讲解 Grammar

    • 词性 parts of speech 
      • 实词 notional words

        • 量词 measure words
          • 名量词 noun measure words

          • 动量词 action measure words

        • 代词 pronouns 
          • 从文言文代词 pronoun from Classical Chinese

        • 动词 verb 
          • 能愿动词 modal verb

      • 虚词 function words

        • 副词 adverbs

        • 同动词 co-verbs

        • 助词 particles

        • 连词 conjunctions

      • 句子成分分析 sentence parsing

        • 补语 complement 
          • 结果补语 resultative complement

          • 趋向补语 directional complement

          • 可能补语 potential complement

    • 词序 word order

    • 疑问句 questions

    • 特殊句子结构 special sentence structure

    Chapter 4 汉字讲解 Characters

    • 基本概念 basic concepts

    • 基本笔画名称 basic strokes
    • 基本笔顺 basic stroke order
    • 基本部首名称 list of radicals
    • 汉字结构 character configuration
    • 汉字传统造字法 character etymology

    • 汉字新造字法 creating new characters

    • 汉字造字传说 legendary tales about the invention of characters

    • 汉字演化史及书法 character development and calligraphy

    • 汉字输入 typing in characters
    • 汉字书写 the writing of characters
    • 识字 character recognition
    • 汉字学习策略 character learning strategy
    • 标点符号 punctuation


    Bo Hu is Instructor of Chinese at the Institute for Chinese Studies, University of Oxford, UK.

    "Conceptualised as a manual for CFL teaching, the manuscript is a useful reference for CFL teachers as well as Chinese beginners. Those main language points and key linguistic features which are crucial in mastering the beginners’ Chinese are clearly discussed. It pays special attention to those areas which are widely recognised as the challenging areas in TCFL. The manual is concise as well as comprehensive. And it is based on the author’s real classroom teaching experience as a CFL teacher, thus very practical." 

    Dr. Rugang Lu, Chinese Co-ordinator, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, University of Southampton, UK