The Importance Of Chinese Language Teaching

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First, using Putonghua as the medium of instruction in studying Chinese Language subject would poorly affect student’s Chinese learning proficiency because it is ineffective and inefficient. Ryan Hannah (2013) found that classroom atmosphere has a noticeable impact on learning effectiveness because it can motivate students to air their opinion. A realistic classroom atmosphere is relaxing, and students should feel comfortable. However, our survey found that over three-quarters of respondents think that Putonghua as MOI makes them feel uncomfortable in class. Ma Kin-tang, an experienced teacher and the Chinese panel head at CCC Fong Yun Wah Secondary School, said “Using Putonghua to teach (PMI) actually weakens their motivation to learn. This is shown by their unwillingness to ask questions or respond in class.” That could be attributed to the fact that the mother tongue of most secondary school students in Hong Kong is Cantonese, thus they feel free to talk in Cantonese more than that of Putonghua. It is particularly evident that PMI fails to create effective classroom atmosphere and foster deep discussion in class. Tse Shek-Kam, a professor at the University of Hong Kong specializing in Chinese language learning, believes students learn best in their mother tongue. Lei Xuan also carried out a two-years project which suggests students perform better in academic subjects which are learned by mother tongue. Furthermore, it should be noted that PMI clobbers students’

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