Date: 27-Apr-2006 From: Jasper de Vaal <jasper.devaalspringer.com> Subject: Teaching Writing in Chinese Speaking Areas: Shum, Zhang (Eds)
Title: Teaching Writing in Chinese Speaking Areas
Series Title: Studies in Writing, Vol. 16
Editor: Mark Shiu Kee Shum
Editor: De Lu Zhang
Hardback: ISBN: 0387263926 Pages: 276 Price: U.S. $ 99.00
One of the most civilized nations in history, China has a long-standing writing tradition and many Chinese texts have become world treasures. However, the way the Chinese teach writing in various countries in contemporary times is little known to the outside world, especially in Western countries. Undoubtedly, the Chinese have had an established traditional method of writing instruction. However, recent social and political developments have created the perception amongst both practitioners and researchers of a need for change. Whilst certain socio-political changes, both in Mainland China and in the territories, acted as agents for reform of the teaching of composition, the shape these reforms are taking has been due to many different influences, coming both from inside the countries themselves and from foreign sources. Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore have each developed their own approach to the teaching of composition.
University libraries, researchers, teachers of composition studies within Chinese-speaking areas, readers including teachers teaching Chinese, researchers interested in research in Chinese language and in comparison between Chinese and other languages.