Teacher guide Teaching about Chinese characters - Teacher idea

TLF ID R10181

This Teacher idea describes how a teacher used the Character catalogue and associated learning objects to help his Chinese language learners understand how Chinese characters are constructed from basic components, including form, shape, structure, stroke order, sound and meaning.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students analyse Chinese characters by breaking down compound characters into basic components using lists of characters which share common components.
  • Students analyse the relationships between form, sound and meaning in Chinese characters.
Educational value
  • This resource provides teachers with ideas relating to the use and integration of the ‘Cracking the code’ digital content for Chinese language learning.
  • It describes the series of learning objects and includes sample images from the digital content.referred to by the teacher.
  • It includes direct links to the TLF digital content used by the teacher.
  • It provides contextual information about the learning environment and teacher reflections on the effectiveness of the unit taught.
  • It includes still images showing the teacher and students using the digital content for teaching and learning.
Year level

3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12

Learning area
  • languages other than english
  • Languages/Understanding language
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Games;
    • Listening activity;
    • Analysis;
    • Oral activity;
    • Communication activity;
    • Comprehension activity;
    • Critical thinking activity

    Other details

    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    • Author
    • Name: Philip Wilson
    • Organisation: Marryatville High School
    • Address: Vic Australia
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    Learning resource type
    • Teacher guide
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    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Platform requirements
    • Initial load times may exceed 10 seconds on a dedicated 64kbps connection due to the use of rich media content.
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.