New Approaches in Teaching Chinese Characters


Learning Chinese characters is a difficult but important task for foreign learners. This webinar collectively introduces the latest research findings and successful experience in teaching Chinese characters over the last decade. These include:

1. Teaching of character components. Characters are formed by a small number of components. Learning character components and formation of characters will effectively help students recognize and write characters.

2. Character fun teaching. Illustration of pictographic characters and use of games, such as character formation games and puzzles, will mobilize students’ interest in learning Chinese characters and make learning interesting.

3. Typing characters with computer. While teaching students to hand write characters, teaching students to type characters and essays with pinyin as early as possible will enable students to learn characters by using them.

4. Online resource sharing. In today’s era of instant information, it is critical to take full advantage of the Internet where numerous web pages about Chinese characters are available. These resources will effectively guide students in their various stages of learning.


Patrick Lin is Professor of Chinese, certified Chinese OPI Tester, and an Academic Specialist in Asian School One, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) in Monterey, CA. He was the president of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of California in 1996-2000. He has taught Chinese in Mainland China, Macau, and the U.S. for 26 years.  His research interests are mainly in teaching CFL and Chinese dialectology.  He is one of the authors of Feiyue Chinese textbook series.


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