Narrative idioms for elementary-level Chinese as a second language learners

Yaqi AN, Shan WANG

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Abstract

There is relatively little research on the teaching of idioms to elementary-level learners in the field of teaching Chinese as a second language (CSL). Due to the absence of an idiom syllabus based on different Chinese proficiency levels, teachers hardly know what to teach. In order to solve the problem of what and how to teach at the elementary level, this paper suggests teaching narrative idioms to beginners. It analyzed the definition of narrative idioms and their pedagogical values, discussed the difficulties of teaching idioms at the elementary level, and suggests some effective teaching methods. This study demonstrated that it is necessary and possible to start idiom teaching for elementary-level CSL learners. Copyright © 2015 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese lexical semantics: 16th workshop, CLSW 2015, Beijing, China, May 9-11, 2015, revised selected papers
EditorsQin LU , Helena Hong GAO
Place of PublicationGermany
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages457-464
ISBN (Print)9783319271934, 9783319271941
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Citation

An, Y., & Wang, S. (2015). Narrative idioms for elementary-level Chinese as a second language learners. In Q. Lu, & H. H. Gao (Eds.), Chinese lexical semantics: 16th workshop, CLSW 2015, Beijing, China, May 9-11, 2015, revised selected papers (pp. 457-464). Germany: Springer Verlag.

Keywords

  • Narrative idiom
  • Elementary level
  • CSL (Chinese as a second language)
  • Teaching strategy

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