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Dubrovskaia K.E. [Modern Chinese textbooks: problems of relevance and objectivity] World of Science. Series: Sociology, Philology, Cultural Studies, 2022, Vol. 13, No. 4. Available at: (in Russian).

Modern Chinese textbooks: problems of relevance and objectivity

Dubrovskaia Kristina Eduardovna
Moscow City University, Moscow, Russia

Abstract. The purpose of the article is to analyze modern Chinese language textbooks in general and the specifics of the presentation of grammatical material in them. Interest in learning Chinese in the world is steadily increasing, which contributes to the constant emergence and development of linguistic concepts and learning approaches. Over the past decades, Russian Sinology has reached a new scientific level, also due to the emergence of the predicative concept of language. Nevertheless, current Chinese textbooks used so far are largely outdated and no longer reflect the objective realities of the Chinese grammatical system. When explaining grammatical rules, many textbooks still use the terms of the European grammatical system (parts of speech — noun, verb, adjective; sentence members — subject, adverb, predicate, object, definition). The formulations are often contradictory.

During the study, we analyzed the most currently used Chinese textbooks, and conducted a survey among students who use these textbooks. The results obtained made it possible to identify the weaknesses of the current textbooks (it can be noted that the respondents who chose both the first and the second textbook had quite a lot of difficulties and questions related to the study of grammar; among the topics that caused difficulties, there are many related to the syntax of the Chinese language), as well as to identify the criteria for the development of a new relevant teaching and methodological complex in the Chinese language.

Keywords: Chinese; Chinese textbooks; teaching Chinese; typology of the Chinese language; predication concept; approaches to teaching Chinese; Russian Sinology

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