Journal of Basic Education


2006.第15卷第1期(Vol. 15 No. 1).pp. 1–11


Theory and Practice of Word/Phrase Arrangement in Chinese Character Writing Materials for Beginners

潘慧如(Wai-Yu POON)





In the teaching of Chinese characters, word recognition and writing should be taught separately. "More word recognition and less writing" is the vogue in Chinese language teaching nowadays. When children learn to write, which Chinese characters should they start with first? This article presents ideas and methods to develop Chinese character writing materials. The writer proposed rules on the design of Chinese character writing materials based on usage frequency derived from research findings. A list of common vocabulary is compiled and used as the headwords for writing practice. This set of Chinese character writing materials has been piloted in a kindergarten for two years before publication.