Primary School Chinese Teaching: Developing the Child

  • Robyn Moloney
  • Hui Ling Xu
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Teaching and Learning Chinese book series (PSTLC)


In the last decade, primary school Chinese programmes have been an important site of growth in Australia, but there has been limited attention to pedagogy, resources, and teacher professional development for this sector. The chapter includes a brief background to the rationale of teaching languages to young children, and the learning needs in this age group. The chapter presents two school case studies. The first highlights how the teacher maximises learning and fun in the time-limited programme, through the use of music, movement, games, creative use of language, and strategies to build a sense of belonging. The second study focuses on the use of target language, and the challenges of a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) programme. The Quality Teaching Framework principles are used to identify how Intellectual content, Environment, and Significance are constantly evidenced.


Primary school School case studies Chinese language Music-based language pedagogy Use of target language Content and language integrated learning (CLIL) Enjoyment of learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robyn Moloney
    • 1
  • Hui Ling Xu
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationMacquarie UniversityNorth RydeAustralia
  2. 2.Department of International StudiesMacquarie UniversityNorth RydeAustralia

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