The Teaching and Learning of Paragraph Chunkings for the Chinese Essay at the Primary Level

TAN, Kar Chun

International Journal of Chinese Language Education; Dec 2018; Issue No. 4; p.95 - 109

Department of Chinese Language Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong
Chinese Language Program, Columbia University
Chung Hwa Book Co. (H.K.) Ltd.

While teaching skills of writing essays, we tend to emphasize on the methodologies on how to make the lessons more lively and enjoyable for the students. In short, teachers tend to focus more on teaching how to write an essay than other aspects of writing techniques. It is often neglected that an essay is composed of paragraphs and mastering the skills of writing good paragraphs, which are shorter and more concise than an essay, is important for producing a good essay. In fact, teaching of paragraphs, which can make use of the idea and method of learning of ‘chunking’ in the west, to help students learn how to write, and to improve their writing skills. In this paper, two key areas will be discussed, (1) the contents and functions of different paragraphs, and (2) the effective ways of teaching the students to write paragraphs.

paragraph chunking essay writing teaching of paragraphs contents and functions of paragraphs


2520-7733 (Print); 2521-4241 (Online)

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