Language Education in China: The Chinese Curriculum
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1. A Brief History of Chinese Language Teaching in China

Chinese language education in China is conventionally called yǔwén jiàoxué 語文教學. Yǔwén refers to the whole of language related disciplines, represented by , which means spoken language, and wén, which encompasses meanings related to written language (characters, texts, literature) and culture as a whole.

Language education was alre…

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Jie XU and Sicong DONG, “Language Education in China: The Chinese Curriculum”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 23 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015

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