Chinese characters have dual characteristics as characters and morphemes, therefore, Chinese characters have a twofold relationship with the Chinese language: On one hand there is the relationship between writing and being written, on the other hand the relationship of language units with the constitution and the “being-constituted” of language. This mirrors the unique character of the Chinese language. In the age of network communication, Chinese writing often takes place in the form: input (pinyin) + extract (Chinese characters). Pinyin and Chinese characters have become “bundled characters”, in which Pinyin has become the “preferred characters”, and Chinese characters have become “extracted characters” – a process that is irreversible. Based on the above understanding, this lecture discusses new concepts and methods of Chinese character teaching: (1) Chinese teaching must teach Chinese characters, learning Chinese characters means learning Chinese; (2) Chinese character teaching should teach character theory and meaning; (3) Chinese character teaching should carry out limited writing teaching; and (4) Chinese character teaching should focus on the training of inputting pinyin and extracting words.
Prof. Li is professor at the School of International Cultural Exchange of the Renmin University of China. He also serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the National Postgraduate Education Steering Committee for Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages, the vice chairman of the Beijing Linguistics Association, the executive director of the World Chinese Language Teaching Association, and a member of the editorial board of the journals “World Chinese Teaching” and “Language Application”. Having been teaching Chinese as a foreign language for 35 years, and having been invited to give short-term lectures in more than a dozen countries including Europe, America and Africa, Prof. Li has won the National Award for Outstanding Teachers of Chinese as a Foreign Language, and the second prize of the Beijing Award for Outstanding Achievements in Philosophy and Social Sciences. He authored five monographs, presided over more than ten scientific research projects, such as projects under the National Social Science Fund, edited and co-edited 13 anthologies, textbooks, etc., edited 34 supporting textbooks for the national textbook “Developing Chinese (Second Edition)” series, and published over 130 scientific papers.
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