Classical Chinese Poetry: Implications for Being a Compulsory Component of the School Curriculum

Prof. Sylvia S. L. Ieong
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In recent years a series of textbook materials selected from classical Chinese poetry for primary and middle school children have been published in China. Prepared by officially appointed experts,and included in the formal curriculum of the 9-year compulsory education, they have run scores of prints and millions of copies have been sold.This paper attempts to study the objectives of these renewed efforts at poetry learning,the contents and the ways in which these classical poems are taught and explored, and the implications for humanities education as a whole.

Keywords: Classical Chinese Poetry, School Curriculum, Humanities Education
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies, Teaching and Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Return of Chinese Classics, The

Prof. Sylvia S. L. Ieong

Asst. Professor; Coordinator of the B.Ed. Programmes, Faculty of Education, University of Macau, Macao Special Administrative Region of PRC

Educated in China and the UK, with BA, MA and PhD in English Language and Literature and Post-graduate Diploma in TEFL, she has taught English at secondary and tertiary levels. She is now Asst. Professor, coordinator of BEd Programmes, and MEd thesis supervisor at the University of Macau. Her research interests include English education, curriculum and translation studies and recent publications include Children's Trilingual Picture Dictionary (Chinese/English/ Portuguese), Macau China (English translation), "One Country, Two Systems" and the Macao SAR, and over a dozen papers in Chinese and international journals

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