Education Journal


1996.第24卷第2期(Vol. 24 No. 2).pp. 97–120



A Survey of Wrongly-Written Characters Found in Compositions of Hong Kong Students

陳瑞端(Shui-Duen CHAN)




The mastery of Chinese characters is a prerequisite of good language standard. An article full of wrongly-written characters not only reveals the weakness of the writer's language proficiency, but also hinders communication. Writing is therefore an important issue which cannot be overlooked in Chinese language teaching and language proficiency tests. The author conducted a quantitative survey of wrongly- written Chinese characters found in the compositions of Hong Kong students during 1994-95, hoping that the data obtained (in terms of type, frequency and distribution) can provide us with useful information for understanding the cause of the mistakes, and for ways of improvement.