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Teaching Chinese by Culture and TV Drama

By Lingfen Zhang Copyright 2022
    194 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This book integrates culture and authenticity into Chinese classroom practice through exploring the potential of contemporary TV drama as teaching and learning materials for intercultural Chinese language teaching and learning.

    In addressing the four main challenges in culture teaching in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (TCFL), this book focuses on precisely this area of pedagogical practice in Chinese as foreign language education and draws on a wide interdisciplinary base, including foreign language education, cultural studies, and intercultural communication to explore the potential of authentic TV drama as language and culture materials for revitalising TCFL and foreign language teaching more generally. It examines in detail the culturally shaped beliefs, values, and practices that give meaning to the action and language of the selected clips in a modern, award-winning Chinese TV drama.

    This book shows a potential experiential pathway into (pedagogical) practices to bring contemporary culture into classrooms, to engage learners with contemporary and authentic texts, and to encourage inquiry-focused teaching practices, which – in being intercultural – allow for learners’ own interpretations of cultural messages in interaction and to recognise learners as learning to understand their own values and beliefs as they learn to explore those of other cultures.



    1. Introduction: Moving beyond traditions and traditional teaching of TCFL
    2. Theoretical understanding of culture, language and culture, intercultural communicative competence
    3. Teaching Chinese culture
    4. Contemporary TV drama as authentic materials
    5. Integrating an intercultural focus
    6. Combing culture and language
    7. Refreshing TCFL pedagogy



    Lingfen Zhang has obtained her PhD in education from The University of Melbourne in Australia, and her MA in Chinese linguistics from the School of Chinese as a Second Language at Peking University in China. She has gained teaching experience at several Chinese and Australian institutions including Peking University, The University of Melbourne, and The University of Queensland. She has a strong research interest in intercultural communication and culture teaching in Chinese as foreign language education.