The Influence of Chinese Culture on Learning Chinese as a Second Language: A Case Study of Zimbabwean Students Learning Chinese as a Second Language
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 3, Issue 2, March 2015, Pages: 33-39
Received: Jan. 29, 2015; Accepted: Feb. 10, 2015; Published: Feb. 16, 2015
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Godfrey Chisoni, Faculty of Arts, Jilin University of China, Jilin, China
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Abstract
Learning Chinese as a second language is a hot and rising issue all around the world. Although the teaching and learning of Chinese as a second language is getting a lot of support from the Chinese government, through the establishment of Confucius Institutes which are aimed at the spreading and the promotion of Chinese language and culture. The spreading of Chinese language and culture is still facing a lot of challenges due to cultural differences. If the teaching and learning of Chinese language is to going develop, there is need to establish new teaching frameworks, teaching methods and approaches which can accommodate and promote culture learning in the Chinese language classes. This paper is aimed at exploring the importance of culture in second language learning, drawing examples from the teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture in Zimbabwe. Language and culture are inseparable, language is the carrier of culture and a mirror to reflect the culture. It is through language that culture is passed from the generation to generation. Without culture, language is like a tree without roots, it cannot stand, the same is with culture without language, It cannot survive. In second language learning and teaching it is important for the language teachers to understand the culture of the students and it’s more important for the students to understand the culture of their target language. Chinese language is rich with culture, the expressions, grammar, characters, idioms and everything in Chinese language has a cultural connotation and meaning which if not taught well, it brings misunderstandings and a lot of problems. New teaching frameworks and approaches should be established basing on the differences that exist between the two cultures.
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Chinese Culture, Second Language Acquisition, Zimbabwean Culture
To cite this article
Godfrey Chisoni, The Influence of Chinese Culture on Learning Chinese as a Second Language: A Case Study of Zimbabwean Students Learning Chinese as a Second Language, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015, pp. 33-39. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20150302.11
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