Abstract: Chinese function words (虚词xuci ) are an important feature of Chinese grammar, and they stand for a point of difficulty for foreign students learning the Chinese language. In the study of function words, foreign students maintain a serious state of “fossilization”. Therefore, every Chinese language teacher or researcher should face questions such as how to combine teaching and research of Chinese function words, as well as explore scientific and effective teaching methods and research methods. The lecture will provide an insight on the principles of teaching function words (distinguishing between theoretical grammar and teaching grammar), teaching methods of Chinese function words (lecture and participation, practice and interaction, form and reappearance) and will analyze cases of teaching Chinese function words.
LI Xiaoqi is professor and academic advisor for doctoral students at the School of Chinese as a Second Language at Peking University, in charge of the research and development of the Automated “Spoken Chinese Test (SCT)” and president of the Chinese Society for Modernization of Chinese Language Education. Since 1984, she has trained a large number of future teachers and researchers in the field of teaching Chinese as a foreign language in the United States and in France. Among her research interests are different aspects of teaching Chinese as a foreign language, such as textbook compilation, language tests, teacher training, as well as Modern Chinese grammar. Her publication of research papers, books and textbooks include prize-winning textbooks such as “Happy Chinese” or “Boya Chinese”, which in 2016 was rated as “Peking University Excellent Teaching Material”. She was the dean of the School of Chinese as a Second Language at Peking University, permanent council member of the World Chinese Language Teaching Association, head of the research and development of the “Business Chinese Test (BCT)” and chief editor of the “Journal of Teaching Chinese” (汉语教学学刊).