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Text Memorisation in Chinese Foreign Language Education

Xia Yu

In China, a widespread learning practice for foreign languages are reading, reciting and memorising texts. This book investigates this practice against a background of Confucian heritage learning and western attitudes towards memorising, particularly audio-lingual approaches to language teaching and later largely negative attitudes. The author conceptually examines a number of issues central to the understanding of the practice of text memorisation in the Chinese educational context. Furthermore, there is an empirical inquiry into Chinese learners/teachers’ practices and perceptions of the inclusion of text memorisation in foreign language learning and teaching. Drawing on heuristics yielded by both theoretical and empirical findings, this study promotes a ‘different-rather-than-deficit’ perspective in understanding Chinese learners and their learning practice by way of challenging the uncritical assumptions about the negative impact of a Confucian philosophy of education. More importantly, the topic and theme discussed in this book are timely and relevant to some long and widely debated issues in foreign language teaching and learning within China and internationally.

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215 Adamson 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 115 Alexander 19, 20 ALM (Audio-Lingual method) 12, 28, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 69, 71, 72, 73, 79, 195 Audiolingualism 11, 12, 36, 59, 60, 61, 63, 65, 68, 148, 195 Baguwen 7 Belief 2, 3, 11, 15, 18, 19, 25, 29, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 42, 47, 53, 56, 65, 67, 69, 70, 80, 81, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 91, 98, 99, 104, 110, 124, 126, 145, 152, 158, 183, 184, 191, 193, 195, 199, 205, 209 Biggs 1, 44, 47, 49, 53 Carruthers 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 C.-C. Yu 9, 13, 71 Chinese learners 1, 2, 15, 18, 34, 35, 36, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 53, 59, 67, 68, 71, 72, 79, 80, 90, 91, 97, 130, 100, 102, 110, 116, 129, 130, 134, 157, 158, 171, 173, 178, 189, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 199, 200, 204, 205 Chinese learners of English 1, 158 Chinese learning method 3 Chinese philosophy of learning 68 Clanchy 21, 22, 24, 25, 47 Communicative language Teaching (CLT) 60, 69, 71, 72, 79, 151, 195, 202, 204 Conception 102, 108, 109, 111, 115, 134, 164, 195, 198, 199, 200, 205 Conceptual study 31, 86, 94, 96, 196 Confucian heritage 48, 53, 58, 194, 202, 203 Confucian heritage culture (CHC) 48, 92 Confucian learning philosophy 58 Confucius’ theory of learning 53, 58, 59 Confucius 37, 38, 43, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 66, 76, 115...

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