DP Chinese Language and Literature
By Ms. Yu Bing Ice
Chinese students at NISC attend their academic subjects, apart from Chinese A, in English, which is very exhausting and challenging for them, especially if their level of English is low.
On the other hand, Chinese A is a challenging course but one that Chinese students often feel more comfortable in as they study in their Mother Tongue. Our students understand the value of learning and using their Mother Tongue due to the support of their parents. Both the students and parents place a high value on Chinese A Language and Literature.
Our Chinese A students at NISC face another challenge, which they may be unaware of: it's cultural identity. As they learn with non-Chinese friends in other classes, they quickly assimilate with the non-Chinese cultural aspects that are popular within their age group. Over time the Chinese culture may seem out of touch from their identity because only their parents would remind them of it. Outside the Chinese A classroom, their cultural identity would be a blur, so the students somehow feel isolated from their culture. It is therefore the role of the Chinese A teacher to teach the language and to embed the cultural context, in which the students can relate to and feel connected to.
In the process of continuous learning and use of their Mother Tongue, Chinese students will improve their critical thinking skills, change their learning attitude, and improve their emotional intelligence through Chinese A Language and Literature. For example, the appreciation of modern literature reading works, embodies the humanistic spirit and emphasizes the perception of life.
After reading the literature work, students are influenced by literature and deeply appreciate the author’s language style. In addition, the in-depth study of the characters’ psychological emotions and experiences, inspire students to combine their own growth; thus, they learn to put themselves in the complex and delicate emotions. In this way, they can gain insights about life from reading, and then strength themselves to promote the rapid improvement of emotional intelligence ability in all aspects and become a better person.